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How common is it to need surgery after a dislocated shoulder at 51 years old?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Think cuff tear > 45

Shoulder dislocations in patients older than 45 are associated with a high incidence of concomitant rotator cuff tears.
Often times it is the cuff tear and not the dislocation itself that generates the indication for surgery. A thorough discussion with the treating surgeon will lead to the answer in the specific case you mention.

In brief: Think cuff tear > 45

Shoulder dislocations in patients older than 45 are associated with a high incidence of concomitant rotator cuff tears.
Often times it is the cuff tear and not the dislocation itself that generates the indication for surgery. A thorough discussion with the treating surgeon will lead to the answer in the specific case you mention.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Jack Choueka
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

For a patients over 40 with a first time dislocation an MRI is needed to make sure that the rotator cuff did not tear. Assuming no rotator cuff tear surgery is needed only for continued pain, further dislocations or feelings of instability that affect regular activities.

In brief: Depends

For a patients over 40 with a first time dislocation an MRI is needed to make sure that the rotator cuff did not tear. Assuming no rotator cuff tear surgery is needed only for continued pain, further dislocations or feelings of instability that affect regular activities.
Dr. Jack Choueka
Dr. Jack Choueka
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