Shoulder Disclocation After Stabilisation Surgery

Patient

Q: I had an arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction 4 months ago to repair a bankart lesion. Early on in my recovery (weeks 2 and 5) I had instances where I woke up in bed with excruciating pain, muscle spasms and a dead arm – all the symptoms I was getting when my shoulder used to dislocate prior to surgery. I mentioned this to my surgeon both times it happened, as well as a progressing sense that my shoulder was slipping in and out with certain movements. He assured me that my shoulder was fixed and it was fine. Now at 4 months out I have dislocated again completely pulling on a vacuum cord that was stuck (my arm flew into the air when it came loose), and have since subluxed 3 times. I regularly feel like its ready to pop out. I don’t want to see my surgeon again as he wasn’t listening to my concerns before, but I also don’t want to start fresh with anyone again. Is it possible for this to happen and not do any damage? I don’t know what to do at this point, I thought with the surgery it wouldn’t be so easy for it to dislocate again. I’m not sure if the surgery wasn’t successful, if the previous incidents I had undid the repair, if this is a fresh injury, or if there were other issues that weren’t addressed (I also have a Hill Sachs lesion). I really want to ignore this and continue with physical therapy as planned, but my therapist isn’t keen on this idea and thinks I should get a second opinion – but she also tells me that surgeons hate correcting other people’s work! Any advice would be appreciated, this is all so disappointing and frustrating.

Symptoms:  Dislocating/subluxing shoulder
Pain
Muscle spasms
Tingling hand and fingers
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