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Controversial shoulder surgery for first-time dislocation proven effective long-term
Date:3/8/2008

s maintained excellent use of their shoulder. The mean American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons score was 90.9. The patients compared their repaired shoulders function to the pre-injury function. The average response was 93 percent, the study found. When responding to whether they would have the surgery again with 10 being very likely, the average score was 9.1, according to the study.

In terms of athletic ability, the results were also notable. The study found the average number of push-ups performed in 2 minutes was 72.8 compared to 77.7 prior to their injuries. The mean score of the Army Physical Fitness Test was 282.2 out of a possible 300, according to the study.

The study also noted five patients who had eight further dislocations, all of which occurred during athletic activity, for a failure rate of 10 percent long-term.

Certainly our study proves that for this group of patients, young, athletic cadets unable to modify their activity level, arthroscopic surgery for first-time dislocations is successful both short and long-term, says Dr. Owens. This treatment allowed our patients to return to sports, graduate from the military academy and engage in active duty military obligations. It may not be the approach that should be taken for a person who lives a sedentary lifestyle, but this could be applicable to the young, 15-25-year-old athlete, who is at high risk for recurrent instability and compromised function


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Contact: Lisa Weisenberger
lisa@sportsmed.org
847-292-4900
American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
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