Dislocated Shoulder Surgery in Glenview

Shoulderkneedoc.com is the website of one Dr. Greg Portland, a Chicago area orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine specialist. A member of the Illinois Bone and Joint Institute (IBJI), Dr. Portland specializes in the treatment, through surgery, of injuries and diseases of the musculoskeletal system, from work with knee ligaments to dislocated shoulder surgery. In Glenview, his offices are located at the Ravine Way Surgery Center, where many of his outpatient surgeries are performed.

Dr. Portland's website contains helpful information and animated videos that illustrate different injuries and the measures taken to treat them surgically. Though it is an informative resource, it should not take the place of a formal evaluation by a board certified orthopedic surgeon. Read on further to learn more about dislocated shoulder surgery in Glenview facilities.

Shoulder Dislocations

Shoulder dislocations can occur for a number of reasons, but most often happen due to a fall from some height or from contact during an athletic event. The arm is brought backwards, the ball of the ball and socket joint dislocating in a front-bottom direction. The labrum pulls away from the socket, causing lax (loose) ligaments. Further injuries happen more easily following a dislocation, including damage to the rotator cuff, fractures to either the socket or humeral head, or permanent nerve damage. After one dislocation, redislocation rates increase as much as 50% in teenagers or athletes involved in contact sports.

Repeated dislocations are dangerous, because they increase the chances of further tearing of the labrum, stretching of the ligaments and capsule, the creation of a Hill-Sachs lesion, or increased risk for arthritis.

Surgery is often not recommended for adults who are not involved in contact sports. Teenagers and athletes can benefit more from the surgery. Take a look at our videos to learn more.