Matthew Greasley - Shoulder arthroscopy

Mr Matthew Greasley had a shoulder arthroscopy with Mr Duncan Watkinson  - here he tells his story of the procedure.

"From the moment I was admitted I was immediately put at ease and made to feel that I was in safe hands."

"I am writing to express my sincere thanks to Mr Watkinson and all the members of the team who made my visit at the Spire Portsmouth Hospital such a pleasant and stress free experience.

"From the moment I was admitted I was immediately put at ease and made to feel I was in safe hands. I was extremely well looked after and kept well informed throughout my stay. Every member of the team without exception was extremely professional and kind which put me at ease prior to my operation.

"The physiotherapist explained what exercises I would need to do after the operation and the benefit these would bring. Everything I needed to know was explained to me simply, sometimes more than once, which helped to subdue any nerves I may have had. Matt, one of the anaesthetist team, spent a good few minutes happily answering my questions and chatting.

"Post operation, the lady who looked after me in recovery was an absolute angel, as was the nurse who looked after me when I was back in my room. I think her name was Susan, she kept checking in on me to make sure I was OK, and was very insistent that I should be in no rush to be discharged. Again she explained to me as many times as necessary everything I needed to know.

"We live in a world where high levels of service are now expected as standard. The level of service and care I received on Wednesday 5 February at the Spire Portsmouth Hospital was not standard, it was exceptional.

"Everybody who played a part in my care did a fantastic job, particularly  the physiotherapist, two anaesthetists Jim and Matt, the lady in recovery and the post operation nurse Susan, and of course the main man Duncan Watkinson and his theatre team for now giving me a pain free fully mobile shoulder."

Shoulder arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a “keyhole” operation that is used to look inside and treat the shoulder joint.

During the procedure a tube-like telescope called an arthroscope, which is about the thickness of a pencil, is inserted into the shoulder joint. The joint can be viewed either directly through the arthroscope, or at pictures it sends to a video screen, If necessary, other instruments can be inserted to repair any damage or remove material that may be interfering with movement or causing pain in the shoulder.

The operation usually takes 30 to 60 minutes and is routinely performed as a day-case, although some people stay in hospital for one night.

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Mr Duncan Watkinson

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Mr Duncan Watkinson

Mr Duncan Watkinson, consultant orthopaedic surgeon performed Mr Greasley's shoulder arthroscopy at Spire Portsmouth Hospital.

Read more about Mr Duncan Watkinson.

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