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The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
and
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

The Quad City Area’s Only Group of All Board-Certified
and
Fellowship-Trained Orthopaedic Surgeons

Shoulder Instability: Dislocation or Separation

Symptoms:

What is Shoulder Instability?

Shoulder Instability is a condition that results in a loose shoulder joint from injuries such as a shoulder dislocation or complete shoulder separation overstretching and damaging the tendons and ligaments surrounding the shoulder joint, which make it unstable and prone to further injury.

Non-surgical Treatments

Some cases of shoulder instability may be treated by splinting, resting, performing stretching or strengthening exercises, avoiding aggravating activities that cause pain, taking anti-inflammatories, and/or receiving corticosteroid injection(s). While non-surgical treatment can relieve some cases of the condition, surgery may be necessary.

Surgical Treatments

Arthroscopic Shoulder Instability Repair (Minimally Invasive)

Dr. John Hoffman and Dr. Tuvi Mendel, our orthopaedic surgeons, perform arthroscopic shoulder instability repair, which uses small incisions to reattach the damaged tendons and ligaments and stabilize the shoulder joint. Through the incisions, the arthroscope (small video camera) sends enlarged live video footage of the torn or frayed capsular ligaments to a monitor for the surgeon to use as a guide while treating the shoulder instability. The areas of the damaged tendons or ligaments are cleaned-up and reattached back in place to the bone where scar tissue forms and the joint becomes more stable. As a result of the small incisions, patients typically have less downtime and a much faster recovery than patients that undergo the open surgical procedures.

Open Shoulder Instability Repair

Traditional open shoulder instability repair procedures require a larger incision than the arthroscopic procedure to reattach the torn capsular ligaments and labrum to the bone.

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