- Less than 20 years old: 90%
- 20-30 years old: 75%
- 30-40 years old: 30%
Is Surgery Necessary?Traditionally, most orthopedic surgeons would not choose to operate on a patient after a first dislocation. Rather, after a brief period of immobilization, followed by physical therapy, the patient would gradually resume their normal activities. If the patient sustained a second, or recurrent, dislocation, then surgery was considered.
More recently, there is good scientific evidence to support early surgery, especially in young patients who are at a high risk for redislocation. If you sustain a shoulder dislocation, and are interested in surgery, discuss with your doctor the potential benefits of surgical versus nonsurgical treatment.
Kirkley A, et al. "Prospective randomized clinical trial comparing the effectiveness of immediate arthroscopic stabilization versus immobilization and rehabilitation in first traumatic anterior dislocations of the shoulder: long-term evaluation." Arthroscopy. 2005 Jan;21(1):55-63.