Shoulder Instability Surgery

As the most mobile joint in the human body, the shoulder is prone to instability. Shoulder instability occurs when the ball (humeral head) is forced out of the socket (glenoid), often the result of repetitive overuse or a sudden traumatic injury. Once a shoulder has become dislocated once, it is prone to recurrent dislocations and chronic instability. Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC area orthopedic shoulder surgeon, Dr. Jonathan Ticker specializes in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, a form of shoulder instability surgery, designed to help restore the overall function and stability of the joint.

Shoulder instability is a fairly common condition found in the active population. The condition is marked by a “loose” shoulder. The looseness is the result of the surrounding ligaments and other soft tissue restraints becoming overstretched or torn, generally caused by a shoulder dislocation or a labral tear. Many patients with instability report severe, chronic pain, swelling, loss of sensation and a “popping” or “grinding” sound.

Dr. Ticker may recommend conservative treatment measures in cases of a partial dislocation (subluxation), such as immobilization in a sling, physical therapy, modified activities and rest. If non-surgical measures fail to alleviate instability or a complete dislocation is present, he may recommend an arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction.

Arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, a minimally invasive shoulder instability surgery, involves the use of small incisions so patients achieve a quicker recovery with less pain and side effects. The goal of surgery is to repair the stretched or torn ligaments so they are better able to hold the shoulder joint in the correct position. During the shoulder instability surgery, Dr. Ticker will reattach the torn labrum back to the glenoid with the use of special anchors and sutures. This causes a tightening of the stretched soft tissues, leading to a decreased risk of shoulder instability and ongoing dislocations.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction Recovery and Rehabilitation

In order to facilitate healing after arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, the affected arm will be placed in a sling for approximately 4-6 weeks. The usage of pain medication prescribed by Dr. Ticker and ice packs are encouraged to help reduce the level of pain and swelling immediately following surgery. Dr. Ticker and his orthopedic team will prescribe a physical therapy rehabilitation program that must be strictly followed after shoulder instability surgery.

Arthroscopic Shoulder Reconstruction Recovery Time

Many patients can expect a full return to activities within 4-6 months if the physical therapy and rehabilitation guidelines are followed at all times.

To determine if you are an ideal candidate for arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction, a shoulder instability surgery, please contact Dr. Jonathan Ticker, orthopedic shoulder surgeon proudly serving the greater Long Island, Brooklyn, Queens & NYC communities.