A 20-year-old male asked:
my friend had a major shoulder dislocation . since than he had many others. now he can't do specific moves without causing it. does he need surgery ?
2 doctor answers
Dr. Steven Sheskier answered
38 years experience Orthopedic Foot and Ankle Surgery
Probably: Traumatic dislocations cause rutpure of the structures holding the sholder joint in place. It tears the capsule and ligaments as well as detaches the labrum the make the shoulder joint stable. Physical therapy can strengthen the muscles that prevent dislocation but if there are more than 2 dislocation with increasing frequency during normal activity surgery is indicated.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
Dr. Brian Chimenti answered
26 years experience Sports Medicine
Yes: In order to stabilize his shoulder & stop the dislocations he will need to have his labrum repaired most likely. Other procedures more rarely needed could involve bone transfer/grafting if bone loss is present.
Answered on Apr 27, 2013
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