Patient Comments: Dislocated Shoulder - Complications

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Comment from: rocknroll1968, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: September 09

My left shoulder dislocated (all anterior) as a result of severe trauma in 2007. The arm was placed in a sling and PT was prescribed after 6 weeks. Full recovery took 6 months. At the beginning of 2013 the same shoulder was dislocated in a mild trauma. Four months later another dislocation occurred under minor trauma. All dislocations where reduced by closed reduction. Shoulder partially dislocated 2 weeks ago while yawning and stretching. An MRI and ex-rays revealed a Hills Sachs deformity and rotator cuff damage plus some ligament damage. I am a 65 year old man and I rather not undergo surgery since I have no pain and full range of motion in the damaged shoulder. However, due to the instability now present it would be wise for me to get the existing damage surgically repaired as more dislocations can be expected due to this joint instability.

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