Shoulder Stabilization

Shoulder Stabilization Overview

Shoulder destabilization injuries are common because the shoulder is the body’s most mobile joint. Physical therapy and other nonsurgical treatment options treat the majority of shoulder destabilization injuries. Surgery may be recommended to treat severe destabilization injuries, especially those that cause frequent shoulder subluxations or dislocations. Board-Certified and Fellowship-Trained Carolina Orthopaedic and Neurosurgical Associates’ (CONA) shoulder specialists are shoulder stabilization surgery experts.

How is shoulder stabilization surgery performed?

Most shoulder stabilization procedures are performed on an outpatient basis under general anesthesia. A CONA specialist repairs soft tissues, cartilage and bone that causes shoulder destabilization. The shoulder is placed in a comfortable sling for immobilization and protections purposes after surgery.

What conditions can shoulder stabilization surgery treat?

A CONA specialist uses shoulder stabilization surgery to treat a variety of conditions, including but not limited to:

  • Acromioclavicular (AC) ligament tears
  • Chronic shoulder dislocation
  • Glenoid labrum tears
  • Rotator cuff tears

What are shoulder stabilization surgery advantages?

Patients do not have to worry about their shoulder feeling loose, sub-luxating or dislocating after surgery. Their symptoms decrease and they are able to live with minimal to no restrictions.

What is shoulder stabilization recovery like?

Shoulder stabilization procedure type determines recovery. Total recovery time ranges from two weeks to eight months. CONA shoulder specialist explains every step of the recovery process to patients during consultations.

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