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Shoulder arthritis: Compare Costs for a treatment abroad

Here you will find the leading foreign clinics focused on "Shoulder arthritis". All clinics presented were selected on the basis of the analysis of the annual quality report. We will be happy to assist you in establishing contact with the specialists of the selected clinics and will support you at all stages of your trip arrangement. The result of your treatment is very important for us!

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University Hospital Oldenburg

10/10 from 33 Votes

The University Hospital Oldenburg is the Teaching Hospital of the University of Oldenburg. It offers a wide range of medical services that meet the highest medical standards. The hospital has 832 beds.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
0.00
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
0.00
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
0.00
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Oldenburg

Vivantes Humboldt Hospital Berlin

9.7/10 from 23 Votes

An academic clinic of the university medical complex Charité, the Vivantes Humboldt Hospital is one of the largest specialized medical institutions in Berlin.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
2156
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
8016
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
17036
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Berlin

Academic Hospital Asklepios Barmbek Hamburg

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

As an Academic Hospital of the University of Hamburg, the Asklepios Barmbek Hospital offers a wide range of medical services in the field of conservative and surgical treatment. The hospital was opened in 2005 and today it is one of the best and modern medical centers in Europe.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
1646
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
6662
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
15337
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

PAN Clinic Cologne

9/10 from 14 Votes

The PAN Clinic has gained universal recognition due to highly professional doctors and their responsive and careful approach to the treatment.  A team of experienced doctors specialized in 25 medical focuses takes care of the patients' health.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
0.00
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
0.00
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
0.00
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Cologne

ATOS Orthopedic Clinic Braunfels

10/10 from 3 Votes

The ATOS Orthopedic Clinic Braunfels offers high-quality orthopedic care. The clinic is staffed with a highly qualified medical and nursing team. In the process of treatment, doctors of the clinic apply the latest technologies ensuring a seamless, speedy recovery.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
1616
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
6682
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
15288
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Braunfels

ATOS Fleetinsel Clinic Hamburg

10/10 from 23 Votes

The Fleetinsel Clinic Hamburg is one of the leading German clinics specializing in orthopedics and orthopedic surgery. Located on the historical Fleetinsel in Hamburg, the clinic is renowned for many years of experience and expertise. Spinal, joint and foot surgeries are the main orthopedic focuses for the clinic.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
1631
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
6642
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
15277
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Hamburg

ATOS Clinic Munich

9.5/10 from 23 Votes

The ATOS Clinic Munich is a highly specialized health care facility offering high quality treatment and excellent service. Medical focuses of the clinic include diagnosis and treatment of the entire orthopedic spectrum.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
2287
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
9132
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
20337
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Munich

ATOS Clinic Heidelberg

10/10 from 23 Votes

Founded in 1991, the ATOS Clinic Heidelberg combines top-quality service and cutting-edge medicine. It keeps track of the latest scientific developments and contributes to the development of new treatments.

Shoulder joint arthritis diagnostics
2275
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint arthritis
9193
Total shoulder joint replacement for shoulder arthritis
20878
location_onCountry: Germany
location_searchingCity: Heidelberg

About the disease

Shoulder arthritis is a condition whereby cartilage of the shoulder becomes worn out and its bones start to rub against each other, causing pain. As a result, the shoulder joint becomes inflamed and stiff, leading to loss in maneuverability. The most common types of shoulder arthritis are osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Osteoarthritis causes the protective space that is created by the cartilage to become frayed and rough. This type of shoulder arthritis is more common in people who are over 60. Human cartilage has the tendency to lose its elasticity over time, which is why almost 70% of older people experience shoulder pain, ranging from mild to severe.

Rheumatoid arthritis is less common than osteoarthritis. It is an autoimmune disease, whereby joint linings become attacked by the patient’s immune system. As a result, the sufferer experiences erosion of the shoulder bones, which can lead to shoulder deformity over time.

People who have had sport traumas or have injured their shoulder in an accident can develop post-traumatic arthritis. With this type of arthritis, fluid builds up in the shoulder, causing it to swell and change in form.

A rarer type of arthritis, which can develop as a result of excessive consumption of alcohol, drugs and steroids, is called avascular necrosis. Blood is not able to reach the shoulder and causes bone atrophy.    

According to the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, in 2011 more than 50 million people were diagnosed with shoulder arthritis in the USA alone.

Symptoms

  • Stiffness in the upper part of the arm
  • Inability to move shoulder freely
  • Numbness
  • Fatigue
  • Fever
  • Weight loss
  • Lumps under the skin, known as rheumatoid nodules, which are common only in rheumatoid arthritis. 

Diagnosis

  • During a general examination, the doctor will ask you about your symptoms and rotate your shoulder in different directions to see where the pain is coming from.
  • An X-ray of the shoulder is used to create an image of the shoulder joints and can be used to determine whether there is damage in the rotator cuff or the cartilage.
  • A CT or MRI scan may be used to get more precise images of the shoulder if the patient has a rare type of shoulder arthritis. They are also used when someone has been in an accident or has had a sport trauma.

Treatment

  • Arthroscopy is a surgery whereby an arthroscope (a special endoscopic device) is inserted into the shoulder to repair damaged tissue in the shoulder joints and improve cartilage function. Such a procedure can also be used to repair the rotator cuff and make the shoulder stable. This type of surgery is recommended for rheumatoid arthritis as well as osteoarthritis because it can alleviate inflammation, which is what causes the pain. 
  • Shoulder joint replacement is another effective surgery. The damaged shoulder joint is removed and is replaced with a prosthetic. This surgery is recommended if the shoulder cartilage is completely damaged and cannot be repaired by arthroscopy or if some of the bone was torn off through injury.

Overall, shoulder arthritis surgery has good results and you should be able to make a full recovery within a matter of weeks after receiving treatment. 




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