A 16-year-old female asked:
i've had shoulder instability for a little over a year and physical therapy hasn't helped. should i get surgery?
3 doctor answers
Dr. John Rimmer answered
38 years experience General Surgery
Yes: You should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulders and be evaluated.
Answered on Mar 3, 2013
Dr. Anthony Wei answered
19 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Not necessarily: There are many factors to consider before deciding on surgery. The frequency and mechanism of dislocation, initial cause of instability, type of therapy performed can all play a role in deciding whether surgery is necessary. I would recommend evaluation by an orthopedic surgeon. He/she can help develop a treatment plan that may not necessarily involve surgery.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
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