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Shoulder stabilisation

What is shoulder stabilisation?

Shoulder stabilisation surgery is used to repair the damage caused from dislocating your shoulder or chronic shoulder instability caused by repeated dislocations.

As the joint with the greatest range of motion in the body, the shoulder is particularly prone to dislocation and instability, which can lead to pain, weakness and anxiety about further dislocations of the shoulder. Stabilisation surgery is used to repair damage to tissues and ligaments and restore stability to the shoulder.

What does shoulder stabilisation surgery involve?

Arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation surgery – This is a keyhole surgery using an arthroscope, which is a tube-like instrument with a camera at one end. Small incisions of around a centimetre are made in the shoulder and the arthroscope is inserted so the orthopaedic surgeon can see inside the shoulder joint. Saline is passed into the shoulder to provide a clearer view and one to two further incisions are made through which miniature surgical instruments are inserted. The camera on the arthroscope allows the surgeon to monitor the surgical procedure on a video screen. Your surgeon can then perform the necessary surgery to repair the damaged tissue in your shoulder. The incisions are closed with sutures. The procedures will help prevent further dislocations and restore a feeling of stability to the shoulder. You will need to wear a sling while the shoulder heals and comply with a physiotherapy rehabilitation programme.

Procedures commonly performed include:

Shoulder stabilisation surgery

Shoulder and elbow consultants

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