Pre Operative Information

Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilisation


  • You have been diagnosed with instability of your shoulder
  • This is due to a tear to the cartilage lip (labrum) at the front of the socket of shoulder. This is commonly associated with damage to the back of the ball of the shoulder joint
  • You have agreed with Mr Griffiths that the next sensible step is a keyhole operation to treat this condition.
  • This is called an Arthroscopic Stabilisation
  • This operation is usually performed as a Daycase with no need for an overnight stay.
  • It is normally performed under general anaesthetic (with you asleep) and the anaesthetist may also block the nerves of the arm.
  • The operation is performed though several small incisions around the shoulder and involves re-attaching the torn labrum back onto the bone of the shoulder socket
  • The procedure takes approximately 60 mins.
  • Wounds are usually closed with dissolvable stitches
  • After the operation:
    • You will see the physiotherapist prior to your discharge. They will show you how to release your arm from the sling and do specific exercises with the arm.
    • It is important to keep the arm moving within the prescribed safe range. Painkillers should be taken to facilitate this
  • You will have a follow-up appointment at 2 weeks The stitches will be trimmed prior to seeing Mr Griffiths
  • You should expect significant recovery by 6 weeks but will continue to recover for 6 months


Return to Functional Activities:

Driving                          4-6 weeks

Swimming                     Breaststroke - 6 weeks

                                        Freestyle - 3 months

Golf                                3 months

Contact Sport            4-6 months                  

Lifting                           Light - 3 weeks

                                       Heavy - 3 months

Work                             Sedentary - As able

                                       Manual - 3 month