Shoulder Dislocation / Instability Treatments

How do you treat Shoulder Instability?

Initial treatment for shoulder instability consists of non-operative measures. Such as:

But if this fails or it is clear radiologically and clinically that the shoulder is unstable and has a high chance of recurrent instability, surgery would be recommended. There are two main surgical options; the most common operation is an Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilisation. Depending on the level and type of sports you may play but also if there are fractures involving your shoulder joint you may be recommended to undergo a Laterjet Procedure.

What is an Arthroscopic Stabilisation or Labral repair?

An Arthroscopic Stabilisation is a keyhole operation in which the Labrum (Ligament insertion) is repaired back to your glenoid (shoulder socket). This is performed using a series of tape, sutures and anchors to tightened and repair the ligaments of your shoulder. 



It is a simple day procedure which take approximately 30 mins to perform. Post operatively you will be placed in a sling for 6 weeks. After which you commence physiotherapy. You will be back to normal activities at 3 months. 

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What is a Laterjet Procedure?

A Laterjet procedure is an operation to stabilise you shoulder joint. It is a more robust reconstruction which is a preferred option for high level contact sport athletes and patients with fractures in the shoulder joint. It involves utilising a bone prominence from you shoulder blade called the “coracoid” along with its tendon insertions, rotating it and fixing it with two screws to the front of your glenoid (shoulder socket). This works in two ways to stabilise your shoulder and even in contact sports has a very low chance of recurrent dislocations.


The operation is a slightly larger operation which take approximately 60 mins and will usually require an overnight stay in hospital. Post operatively you will be placed in a sling for 2-4 weeks. You will commence Physiotherapy at the 2 week mark and back to normal activities after 2 months.

Shoulder Dislocation / Instability

Shoulder Dislocation / Instability Conditions

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