Shoulder Stabilization

Shoulder stabilization is a surgical procedure indicated in patients with shoulder instability to improve stability, restore function and prevent recurrent dislocations of the shoulder joint.

Shoulder instability is a chronic condition causing frequent dislocations of the shoulder joint. A dislocation occurs when the end of the humerus bone, the ball portion, partially or completely dislocates from the glenoid, the socket portion of the shoulder. A partial dislocation is referred to as a subluxation whereas a complete separation is referred to as a dislocation.

Shoulder instability may be caused by injury, falling on outstretched hand, repetitive overhead sports such as basket ball, volley ball or weight lifting. Patients with shoulder instability may have severe pain, swelling, popping or grinding sound, partial or complete dislocation, loss of sensation or partial paralysis, and loss of function.

Conservative treatment includes immobilization, prescription medicines, physical therapy, closed reduction or manipulation, and occupational therapy. If conservative treatment fails to relieve the shoulder instability, your surgeon may recommend stabilization surgery.

Shoulder stabilization surgery can be performed using minimally invasive technique where anchor sutures will be used to reattach the torn labrum to the joint and to tighten the capsules and ligaments.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

The following video shows Dr.McLaughlin preforming an anterior labral repair and SLAP repair using the Knotilus suture implant made by Stryker Corporation. Dr McLaughlin brought this idea to Styker to create a knotless soft tissue fixation system. Together, they developed and created the Knotilus suture implant system which is domonstrated in the following video.