Shoulder Dislocation Treatment

Shoulder dislocations are a common injury, especially in the young, active population, and cause instability of the joint. Shoulder instability occurs when the soft tissue restraints within the joint become stretched or torn and can no longer hold the socket (glenoid) and the ball (humeral head) in the proper position. When the soft tissue restraints no longer work as intended, patients experience ongoing instability and dislocations. Dr. Jonathan Ticker, Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC area orthopedic surgeon and shoulder specialist, specializes in a highly successful surgical shoulder dislocation treatment known as the Latarjet procedure.

Once a patient has suffered from one shoulder dislocation, they are at an increased risk of recurrent dislocations and instability. Every time a dislocation occurs, further joint damage is experienced. Patients who experience frequent shoulder dislocations often develop loss of bony stability, in addition to soft tissue injury, and may be ideal candidates for the Latarjet procedure.

The Latarjet procedure, a surgical shoulder dislocation treatment, is becoming a preferred method of treatment for shoulder instability and recurrent dislocations in patients with significant bone loss. The reconstruction utilizes three main surgical principles, known as the triple blocking effect, to restore stability. These principles include:

  • The coracoid process is transferred to the front of the shoulder blade to restore the glenoid surface’s bony defect.
  • The inferior subscapularis and anterior inferior capsule are reinforced, allowing the conjoined tendon to provide additional anterior stability when the arm is rotated.
  • The capsule is reattached to the bone graft inferiorly.

Latarjet Procedure Recovery and Rehabilitation

Once the nerve block utilized during the Latarjet procedure begins to wear off, patients will begin feeling some level of pain. Dr. Ticker will prescribe pain medication to help ease discomfort and all patients will be expected to follow medication guidelines at all times. The use of ice and cold packs will be recommended by Dr. Ticker and his orthopedic team to help alleviate pain and swelling. Following the surgical shoulder dislocation treatment, patients will be required to wear a sling for approximately 4-6 weeks so the reconstruction can heal to the glenoid. Patients will then begin a physical therapy and rehabilitation program designed to regain full range of motion and joint strength.

Shoulder Dislocation Treatment Recovery Time

Many patients can expect a return to overhead sports approximately 4 months after surgery, and a return to contact sports approximately 6 months after surgery.

If you are experiencing recurrent shoulder dislocations and instability and would like additional resources on the Latarjet procedure, a surgical shoulder dislocation treatment, please contact the Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC area orthopedic office of Dr. Jonathan Ticker.