Shoulder gets dislocated quite frequently. Does it need surgery? - Online Doctor Chats
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Actually I have some trouble with my left shoulder joint. It gets dislocated quite frequently.
And I am not sure about how it started.
How many times has your shoulder been dislocated?
Very difficult to give you a count. It can be put as many times.
A couple of times it has been completely dislocated as in the arm was completely dangling.
Have you noticed any specific activities during which it dislocates?
Yes. Hanging. Freely balancing weights. Sometimes it dislocates slightly even while trying to balance the body while playing badminton/cricket. It has also happened a couple of times while simply lying down on bed.
Actually, the treatment of recurrent shoulder dislocations is surgical
Oh. Is it kind of a major surgery?
Not as such
It can be done arthroscopically as well
Ok. Any restrictions in movement to be expected after this?
They can then strengthen the muscles around the shoulder can then be tied so as to strengthen the support for the joint
arthroscopically as in "keyhole surgery"?
No restrictions in movement after that
So there's no other solution? I mean apart from surgery?
Good to hear that. I was worried about the restriction in movement.
No, I am afraid
There is no other treatment
Oh. Any good places in Bangalor?
I can get my customer care team to help you with that
Fortis and Manipal are good places
Yes please. But I am not planning it immediately. I am planning it around May or so.
Ok. Can you be clear about that? Is it something like if I am fit for the surgery or so?
The type of surgery that needs to be done
Will be determined only after a complete examination and investigations have been done
Fitness for surgery will only be determined of you need to undergo an open surgery
Which means a typical surgery and not a key hole surgery
I get it.
Fitness for surgery is seen by aneasthesia people
So after this surgery will I be able to use my hand like before? This started recently. I dont know how it started. I am 23 now.
The risk of recurrent dislocation is only 3% although it varies from procedure from procedure
Oh. The most common causes being?
There is a risk of failure with every procedure that we do
But this is an extremely small risk
I can assure you, you'll be completely fine
Ok. Is there any work around for a failed procedure?
That would depend on the procedure performed.
Generally, the risk of failure is less with an open procedure rather than a key hole procedure
Ok. But what happens if the procedure fails? It is done again?
Yes, in some cases
It can be done
As I said, the management would vary from case to case
Ok. So does this have something related to the timeframe after the first dislocation?
I mean the time elapsed after the first instance of dislocation and the procedure?
They wouldnt do the procedure unless there were recurrent dislocations
Ok. I get it.
A diagnosis of recurrent dislocations depends on having multiple episodes of dislocation even with the slightest trauma
So they will try dislocating my arm during the diagnosis? :(
They'll believe you
Ok. Thanks. :)
the diagnosis is pretty evident
Have you followed what I said so far?
It was very informative talking to you. You really helped clear my confusions about this. And I am extremely glad to hear that there is a permanent solution to the problem
Yes Doctor. Every word.
Any more questions that I can answer?
Thanks for consulting me
Have a great day!
Same to you.
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