You may be having a stabilisation of the shoulder.

This means that the capsule at the front of the shoulder will be tightened to prevent the shoulder from dislocating. It can be performed arthroscopically (keyhole). The detached labrum in the front of the shoulder is reattached to the glenoid bone and therefore the ligaments are put back in place and tightened. The risk of recurrence is 15 percent.

The operation is done under a general anaesthetic. This carries certain risks to the heart and the lungs.

These risks are very low and only 1 in 1000 patients will have any problem. The risks will be increased if you have a medical condition such as angina, high blood pressure, asthma, airways disease or diabetes or if you are overweight. It is important to discuss any medical condition prior to surgery. Please bring all tablets that you are on when you are coming in.
Please ring the office if you have a cold or a flu illness.

You may have some numbness around the wound area which rarely is permanent but may last a few months.

There is a 1 in 100 chance of getting a wound infection. This can usually be treated with antibiotics and cleaning of the wound.

You will be in hospital 1 or 2 nights.

After the operation your arm will be in a sling for 6 weeks.

You will be seen again at the clinic after 1 week when your dressing will be taken off.