Few people who go through the experience of dislocating their shoulder will need any surgery to rectify the damage. However, it might occasionally be necessary to do this. Healing from a dislocated shoulder after surgery is more complex because you are recovering from an operation as well as the original injury. However, surgery can sometimes reduce the odds of suffering another dislocation in the future. Once you’ve done it once, it is easier to do it again if the circumstances allow it to happen.
Surgery is usually recommended in cases where the bones have been damaged and require more treatment than merely putting them back into place in the socket. You may also have damaged ligaments and tendons in your shoulder in the original accident, and these may need repairing for you to get back full motion in your shoulder.
Keyhole or open surgery?
Most shoulder surgeries will be done through keyhole surgery. This leaves minimal scarring but it is performed under a general anaesthetic just like an open surgery procedure would be. In some cases, it’s possible to avoid surgery if you go through a series of exercises to try and strengthen the shoulder. If this doesn’t work, shoulder surgery would likely be the next option.
In terms of recovery, it usually takes several weeks to recover from a dislocated shoulder. You will also need to recover from the surgery, of course, so you may end up being unable to do things as you normally would for some time.
Caring for a dislocated shoulder after surgery
If you follow all the advice you are given, you should have a good recovery. However, you have still been through a rough experience. Even if you enjoy a complete recovery from your dislocated shoulder after surgery, you may still have a chance to seek compensation for getting the injury to begin with.
To find out if this is true for you, call 0800 689 0500 now to speak with an advisor working at Accident Advice Helpline. We can also be reached on 0333 500 0993 from any mobile. Our online test is another way to get some quick answers to your questions, so be sure to devote just 30 seconds to completing this. Make sure you know whether a claim is possible under our no-win, no-fee easy agreement today by calling us now.
Date Published: February 22, 2017
Author: Rob Steen