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i've had shoulder instability for a little over a year and physical therapy hasn't helped. should i get surgery?

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Dr. John Rimmer
38 years experience General Surgery
Yes: You should see an orthopedic surgeon who specializes in shoulders and be evaluated.
Answered on Mar 3, 2013
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Dr. Anthony Wei
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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Dr. Bernard Bach Jr
41 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Yes.: If your shoulder is recurrently dislocation, despite physical therapy, and at your age, you should consider shoulder stabilization surgery.
Answered on May 8, 2015

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