Shoulder Dislocation Surgery

The chance of surgery increases with the number of times the shoulder has been dislocated, since the chance of torn ligaments and damages with other structures within the shoulder girdle increase as well.

For most dislocations, the sports medicine doctor will perform surgery using two methods. The newest method is arthroscopic, which is a minimally invasive procedure where small instruments are inserted through a tiny incision to repair the damage. Following this procedure, the shoulder is restrained by a sling for 3 to 6 weeks. Physical therapy can take several months.

Alternately, your doctor may perform a traditional open surgery. However, it does take longer to recover and regain motion.

For causes, symptoms and non-surgical treatment options, click here.

If you have questions about surgical options or want to make an appointment with one of our sports medicine experts to discuss your condition, please contact our Patient Care Coordinators at 407.303.4204 and they’ll be happy to help you.