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Can a broken shoulder be fixed?

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Posted on Tue, 17 May 2016
Question: i have dislocated my shoulder about 100 times in the last ten years. i have been told it could be fixed and that it could not be fixed. i have 25% use but little pain. have learned to live with it. could it fixed? would it be worth it? could it be back to 100% healed.
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (31 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
It can be fixed but certainly not back to 100% functionality!

Detailed Answer:
Hi and thank you so much for this query.

I am so sorry to hear about this frequent and recurrent dislocations you have had. This occurs because the structures that maintain the joint stable have been damaged. This can be repaired with surgery and I will suggest that meet and talk with an orthopedic surgeon for review and repairs. Even if you do not regain full functionality, this is a plus and would prevent further deterioration of the shoulder joint and decreasing functionality. It is worth it and make sure you do discuss this with the orthopedic surgeon.

I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Follow up: Dr. Chobufo Ditah (4 hours later)
after this shoulder surgery how long to heal and for me to go back to work?
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Answered by Dr. Chobufo Ditah (14 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Generally, 4-6weeks for the shoulder to be used fully!

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

It takes averagely 4-6weeks for the shoulder to heal fully. If your job doesn’t require that you make use of this shoulder, then even 1week is enough for you to return to the office. What is most important is allowing this shoulder to rest and healing to be full.

I wish you well.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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Can a broken shoulder be fixed?

Brief Answer: It can be fixed but certainly not back to 100% functionality! Detailed Answer: Hi and thank you so much for this query. I am so sorry to hear about this frequent and recurrent dislocations you have had. This occurs because the structures that maintain the joint stable have been damaged. This can be repaired with surgery and I will suggest that meet and talk with an orthopedic surgeon for review and repairs. Even if you do not regain full functionality, this is a plus and would prevent further deterioration of the shoulder joint and decreasing functionality. It is worth it and make sure you do discuss this with the orthopedic surgeon. I hope this helps. I wish you well. Feel free to ask for more information and clarifications if need be. Above all, thanks for using our services.