If complications have arisen due to your shoulder dislocation, such as a torn ligament or tendon, you may require surgery to repair these tissues. This is carried out under general anaesthetic, and our highly trained anaesthetists will be monitoring you closely throughout the procedure.
Keyhole surgery is the most common approach, where your surgeon will make a small incision at the front of your shoulder and insert an arthroscope to provide a clear view of the joint. An arthroscope is a small, flexible tube about the length and width of a drinking straw, containing a light and camera that sends a video feed to a screen or directly to your surgeon’s eyepiece. At this point, any fractures can be repaired and tears to the tendons or labrum can be stitched together.
In some instances, open surgery may be needed if your shoulder bones are to be moved around to prevent further dislocations, and our expert orthopaedic surgeons will discuss this with you in detail so you are absolutely clear on what is to happen.
Whether or not you’ve had surgery, your doctor will likely provide you with a splint or sling to prevent your shoulder from moving while you recover, and you may be prescribed pain medication and muscle relaxants to ease any discomfort you may experience.
Once your splint or sling is no longer needed, our physiotherapy team will work closely with you, introducing you to a dedicated rehabilitation program designed to gradually restore strength and functionality to your shoulder. This may take several months in order to get the best possible results, ensuring you make a full recovery.