Shoulder Instability Repair Orthopedic Surgeons NYC

Shoulder instability is a chronic condition that causes frequent dislocations of the shoulder joint. Our NYC orthopedic surgeons see this type of injury frequently in professional athletes. Shoulder instability essentially means that the shoulder joint has become loosened and because of this the should joint is able to slide around too much in the socket making it unstable. In some cases, the unstable shoulder actually slips out of the socket, a painful condition. If the shoulder slips completely out of the socket, it has then become “dislocated”. If left untreated should instability can lead to arthritis and other damage to the shoulder joint.

Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice – including surgery.

We offer full out of network insurance benefits (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork. Most policies reimburse patients for most of the cost of surgery. Our surgical coordinator will help you with a quote.

Shoulder instability diagnostic tests, treatments  and consultations can often be carried out on the same day. We offer true concierge medicine to all patients, irregardless of insurance. We have the ability to see our patients immediately; same day, nights and weekend and offer emergency services.

The risk factors that increase the chances of developing shoulder instability include:

  • Injury or trauma to the shoulder
  • Falling on an outstretched hand
  • Repetitive overhead sports such as baseball, swimming, volleyball, or weightlifting
  • Loose shoulder ligaments or an enlarged capsule

Additional factors that increase the risk of shoulder instability include:

  • Previous shoulder dislocation
  • Baseball—pitching
  • Football—tackling
  • Tennis
  • Gymnastics
  • Weight-lifting
  • Any collision or contact sport
  • Volleyball
  • Swimming, especially backstroke or butterfly
  • Congenital collagen disorders, such as:
  • Marfan syndrome—a connective tissue condition
  • Ehlers-Danlos syndrome—a condition in which patients have loose joints
  • Family members with shoulder instability

Should Instability  is classified by how much the humerus moves and the direction of the movement and depending on the classification various surgical procedures can be performed by our orthopedic surgeons:

  • Subluxation—The humeral head moves part way out of the shoulder socket.
  • Dislocation—The humeral head moves completely out of the socket.
  • Anterior—The humeral head moves toward the front.
  • Posterior—The humeral head moves toward the back.
  • Multidirectional

Symptoms may come on suddenly or develop over time indicative of should instability include:

  • Pain in the shoulder area
  • Shoulder or arm weakness
  • Shoulder may feel loose
  • Shoulder may slip out of place
  • Numb feeling down the arm

Shoulder Instability will depend on the extent of the injury. The repair  is usually treated via arthroscopic surgery and is generally an outpatient procedure in which the patient goes home the same day of surgery. Small incisions are made in the shoulder, through which a fiber optic camera and other instruments are inserted to perform the surgery. The shoulder is visually examined, including the cartilage, tendons and bursa of the shoulder. Any necessary procedures, such as a Bankart repair, cartilage repair,  or tightening of the capsule, are then performed.

Our orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive orthopedic care for your Shoulder Instability Repair surgery. Our philosophy of direct orthopedic surgeon to patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected practices on the Upper East Side in NYC. Feel free to contact us today, at any time, and start yourself on the road to recovery.

Dr. Jonathan Glashow, MD
737 Park Ave
# 1C
New York, NY 10021
(212) 794-5096