Dr Marcus Chia - Shoulder Surgeon
Learn about shoulder stabilisation and how it helps with shoulder joint problems.
A shoulder stabilisation is a surgery that helps repair damaged tissue in the shoulder joint. The aim of the surgery is to prevent the shoulder joint dislocating in the future.
A dislocated shoulder occurs when the ball and socket of the shoulder joint become separated. The shoulder can dislocate forwards, backwards or downwards.
If the ligaments, bone or muscles of the joint are damaged when it dislocates, then the shoulder can become unstable. Shoulder instability can result in further dislocations.
Surgeons use a range of procedures to help stabilise the shoulder joint, including:
In most cases, arthroscopic surgery can help repair the damaged labrum (the tissue rim surrounding the shoulder socket) and ligaments.
You may need a shoulder stabilisation if you have shoulder instability that does not improve with:
Shoulder instability or dislocation can occur with:
Young people have a higher risk of recurring shoulder dislocations or symptoms of shoulder instability. People who are older have less risk of repeat dislocations, but they are at risk of rotator cuff tears associated with the dislocation.
If you have persistent shoulder instability, Dr Marcus Chia can examine you. He will check your strength and shoulder movements. There are often certain positions where you feel like your shoulder will ‘pop out’ (dislocate). Dr Chia will take a medical history, including questions about how often your shoulder has dislocated.
Dr Chia may request an X-ray, MRI or CT scan, so he can have detailed images of your shoulder to assess the nature of the ligament, bone and muscle damage.
The physical exam and the imaging scans will help Dr Chia work out if you will benefit from shoulder stabilisation.
If you have had multiple dislocations where bone loss from the socket (glenoid) or ball (humeral head) has occurred, Dr Chia may recommend a Latarjet procedure. LINK LINK LINK
Dr Chia will explain why you need a shoulder stabilisation and what will happen during your procedure.
The most common technique is called an arthroscopic Bankart repair. Dr Chia can also perform a Bankart repair with an open surgery.
Dr Chia will choose a technique that best suits your problem and that will best aid your recovery.
Dr Chia will repair the damaged ligaments in the shoulder joint using either an arthroscopic (keyhole) procedure or an open procedure.
After your surgery, you will need to wear a sling for a few weeks to help protect your shoulder.
Dr Chia will give you a treatment plan which includes both active and passive exercises to increase your range of motion. You may do these exercises under the supervision of a physiotherapist.
Dr Chia will advise when you can return to your usual activities and work.
Dr Chia offers specialist diagnosis, management and treatment for shoulder problems.
An experienced shoulder surgeon, Dr Chia uses minimally invasive and advanced techniques to help you heal, recover and improve your motion.
If you think you may need a shoulder stabilisation, contact us today
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. The information provided here is for general educational purposes only. For more information on shoulder arthritis and shoulder arthroplasty, please contact the office of Dr Marcus Chia - Sydney Orthopaedic Shoulder and Elbow Surgeon.
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Northern Beaches Hospital
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Frenchs Forest NSW 2086
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Cremorne NSW 2090
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