Private shoulder replacement surgery abroad avoiding NHS Waiting Times. Why wait longer than you need? You can save money and time by opting for shoulder surgery as costs abroad for treatment is lower than in UK private clinics. There are no NHS waiting lists for shoulder surgery abroad.
What is shoulder joint replacement?
Now NHS allows you to bypass the NHS waiting list for shoulder surgery, by reimbursing costs of treatment, if you receive private treatment abroad.
Shoulder joint replacement is not as traumatic as people sometimes imagine it to be, assuming that bones damaged by arthrosis will be sawed off and replaced with a prosthesis. This is the case only with a bone tumour. Shoulder joint replacement by its nature resembles the dentist’s office when caps are placed on teeth. Ends of the bones are slightly filed and artificial surfaces of joints are placed on them; these surfaces are made of metal, plastics or polymer. The average lifetime of the artificial shoulder joint is 20 years.
It is performed while treating chronic shoulder joint overload syndrome when steroid injections and physiotherapy was unsuccessful. During the subacromial decompression space for the rotator cuff tendons are expanded, thus reducing pain and restoring amplitude of shoulder movements.
Why did patients choose to have shoulder surgery abroad?
- Costs of surgery – surgery abroad can often be found at a fraction of the price in the UK (between £2000 – £6000).
- No NHS waiting lists surgery –NHS are having long waiting lists for shoulder replacement surgery (over 21 weeks), but by travelling abroad you can get treatment significantly sooner. And in almost all cases you will be able to get a refund for shoulder surgery abroad.
- Specialised services – private clinics abroad tend to offer specialised orthopaedic surgeons, well educated medical staff newest medical equipment. In situations when you are paying for service, you are expecting high-level orthopaedic surgeon and that is what private medical clinics abroad do offer. And who would not want to be treated by the same doctor who has operated on professional athletes?
- New surgery treatment options – NHS often offers cheapest available surgery, but in private clinic abroad you and your doctor can choose the best available shoulder surgery. In some cases, the doctor will be able to perform the surgery laparoscopically (Minimally-Invasive surgery).
- Chose prosthesis – if you’re waiting for NHS surgery, by opting abroad you will be able to choose the best available prosthesis.
- Rehabilitation after surgery – Rehabilitation is an important part of any shoulder surgery and often is 50% of a successful surgery. You will get professional rehabilitation specialist guidance after your shoulder surgery.
Shoulder joint replacement surgery can be covered by the NHS and can be refunded by NHS if treatment is received in a private clinic abroad. Shoulder replacement surgery abroad could be an alternative you can afford.