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What to do for a subluxing shoulder? I've had this for a long time, periodically pops out. Worth the surgery? Hasn't popped out in a couple years.

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Dr. Timothy Ashley
Internal Medicine & Pediatrics
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In brief: Possiblly repair

Need for surgery depends on severity- shoulders that frequently dislocate are at risk for greater injury, and are probably not meeting all that is demanded of them. However, if a patient is free of pain and can do all desired activities without dislocation, surgical repair may not be necessary.
With recurrent, infrequent dislocation, elective repair would be reasonable.

In brief: Possiblly repair

Need for surgery depends on severity- shoulders that frequently dislocate are at risk for greater injury, and are probably not meeting all that is demanded of them. However, if a patient is free of pain and can do all desired activities without dislocation, surgical repair may not be necessary.
With recurrent, infrequent dislocation, elective repair would be reasonable.
Dr. Timothy Ashley
Dr. Timothy Ashley
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Depends

If it hadn't happened in a couple of years i would not undergo the risks of major surgery with general anesthesia.
If it bothers you again i would start with a physical therapist who specializes in shoulders. If that fail next try a cortisone shot. It that fail i would recommend an arthrogram with dye of the shoulder to find out just what is wrong.

In brief: Depends

If it hadn't happened in a couple of years i would not undergo the risks of major surgery with general anesthesia.
If it bothers you again i would start with a physical therapist who specializes in shoulders. If that fail next try a cortisone shot. It that fail i would recommend an arthrogram with dye of the shoulder to find out just what is wrong.
Dr. Marsha Davis
Dr. Marsha Davis
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Dr. Timothy Ashley
PT is certainly a reasonable first step; surgery would definitely be elective, ie optional, absent ongoing dislocations. The situation is also important- an athlete at high injury risk, like a hockey player, might choose surgery sooner than a runner, or accountant. No one should operate without a full evaluation incl imaging. 400 char limits details but I think we're on the same page.
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