What has gone wrong?
When you first dislocated your shoulder you damaged the soft tissues that normally keep the ball in the socket.
Either the tissues were pulled off the bone at the front edge of the socket or the tissues were stretched and are now loose.
The aim is to stop your shoulder dislocating. The tissues that hold the joint in place will either be reattached or tightened.
Obviously, the main benefit is that your shoulder will not dislocate with ease. This will get rid of the feeling that it will dislocate when you put your arm into certain positions.
Are there any alternative treatments?
If your shoulder has dislocated several times, there is no satisfactory alternative treatment. Physiotherapy will not cure the problem.
What if you do nothing?
Your shoulder will continue to dislocate with relative ease.
Who should have it done?
If your shoulder has dislocated several times and you have the feeling that it will dislocate again, you should have an operation.
Who should not have it done?
If you have never had a complete dislocation, but only a partial dislocation, then you will not benefit from this operation.
Author: Mr Boyd Goldie MBBS FRCS BSC DHMSA. Consultant in orthopaedics & trauma.
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