Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Shoulder surgery after dislocation? Not so fast!

A study conducted at St. Michael's hospital in Toronto found that those offered non-surgical options to aid their healing after dislocating their shoulder healed as well over a two-year period as the group that received surgery. More importantly, 3 months after the initial dislocation, 75% of those who were not in the surgical branch were cleared to return to work, while only 43% of those who received an operation were ready. In addition, 35% percent of the participants who underwent surgery had surgical complications, half of them major, and half minor. The only area where the surgical group performed better than the non-surgical group was satisfaction with the appearence of the injured shoulder. Read the full article here.

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