Cut Your Shoulder Dislocation Surgery Recovery Time

By Chris Centeno, MD /

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shoulder dislocation surgery recovery time

One way to cut your shoulder dislocation surgery recovery time is to skip the surgery and opt for advanced interventional orthopedics instead. That’s what Penn State college lacrosse player Matt Florence did. Facing huge surgery with massive loss of playing time, he ditched the 1990s approach to his shoulder problems and opted for new technology from the 21st century—ultra-precise placement of his own stem cells into the problem areas.

What Is Shoulder Instability?

The shoulder has a structural problem. It has to be able to move in many different directions while remaining stable and aligned. To do this, your body has a ball in a shallow socket.
It surrounds that by a lip around the socket (labrum) and then adds in strong ligaments, some of which get tight with specific movements while others remain lax. In addition, strong muscles precisely fire and provide stability in a symphony of movement with submillimeter precision.

Instability commonly happens in young athletes when trauma to the ball in the socket causes the labrum or ligaments to get damaged. The patient is then often left with a shoulder that can dislocate and with damage to the labrum.

What Are Your Surgical Options and Recovery Times?

Surgery for instability is a big deal. First, repairing the labrum often means detaching and then reattaching important tendons, like the biceps. In addition, the labrum is notoriously difficult to completely heal with surgery. In addition, sewing the stretched-out ligaments back together or burning them in surgery can result in a shoulder capsule that’s too tight and places too much pressure on the cartilage of the shoulder joint.

Shoulder dislocation surgery recovery time can be anywhere from 3–6 months with limited movement of the joint. In addition, that season is likely done, with full return to sports, if it happens, at about 6–12 months. Suffice it to say that these big shoulder surgeries have big recovery times. Is there a better way? Let’s see what college lacrosse player Matt Florence chose and compare and contrast.

Matt’s Choice—Skip Surgery!

Matt is a 22-year-old lacrosse player at Penn State with a 5-year history of shoulder issues, who began playing football in high school. He was seen by Dr. Schultz in November. Over the years, his shoulder dislocated toward the back many times. His MRI showed a reverse Hill-Sachs deformity, a SLAP tear, and swelling in the bone. Basically, his bone had been traumatized, and his labrum was injured, in addition to having loose and stretched-out ligaments.

Dr. Schultz treated Matt with the Regenexx-SD same day stem cell treatment around Thanksgiving. He precisely mapped out where the cells would go and then injected into these areas using both ultrasound imaging and C-arm fluoroscopy. No surgery. At about the time that most surgical patients would be progressing to more intensive rotator cuff strengthening in physical therapy and still a long way off from playing, here’s an e-mail from Matt’s mom:

“Dr. Schultz,

I just wanted to share this article with you, please look at photo #26. #8 is Matt scoring the winning goal for Penn State lead over Cornell. He had 2 great goals!

THANK YOU…he feels great:)

Hope all is well with you,

Megan

http://www.insidelacrosse.com/article/photos-penn-state-edges-cornell-in-game-of-runs/34025

The image is above. Matt scored two goals in this win over Cornell!

The upshot? Matt dodged the surgery bullet and got back to play much sooner than if he had opted for surgery to treat his dislocating shoulder with labral tears and bone lesions. How’s that for shoulder dislocation surgery recovery time?

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6 thoughts on “Cut Your Shoulder Dislocation Surgery Recovery Time

  1. Bob Bradley

    While I enjoy and appreciate Matt’s story that he was able to be on the field and score 2 goals, what I am more interested in is why he is able to do this. Has his Regenex treatment(s) caused his bone swelling to subside, his labrum to heal and his ligaments to rapidly tighten (as evidenced by before and after MRI’s or Xrays)?

    I am very excited about the possibilities of Regenex and hope to have my knees and neck treated. However, your team of Doctors at Regenexx are constantly advising all potential patients to be very skeptical of the various options and treatments being offered by the medical community. I truly want to believe that the Regenex treatment will be worth the $4,000 to $8,000 per treatment which I was told by Regenex it will cost. That is why I am requesting more “Fact-Based” healing stories to go along with the excitement of Matt’s 2 goals!

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Bob,
      Out of the 1700+ blogs on the website, there are many with before and after MRI’s, and yes in this case those issues were sorted. I think the problem is, though, because MRI and x-ray findings are shown to people as the source of their pain and and lack of function, people have come to believe that there is an empirical cause and effect relationship. There isn’t. If there were, all middle aged people would be lining up for meniscus surgery, and searching for ways to to grow new cartilage. But they aren’t because despite those findings on their MRI’s and x-rays, they have no pain or loss of function because those findings are about as remarkable as grey hair or wrinkles. So it’s about finding and treating the source of pain and loss of function. These 2 blogs explain more about that concept: http://www.regenexx.com/blog/osteoarthritis-pain-not-related-to-structure-again/ http://www.regenexx.com/stem-cell-cartilage-regeneration/ There is a before and after MRI in the second blog, and here is a stream of others! http://www.regenexx.com/?s=acl+mri

  2. Pravin Gangadharan

    This is very promising to read. I had a failed SLAP tear surgery last year with 5 anchors. The recent MRI shows I have recurring labral tears and was told I need another surgery. Is Regenexx an option in my case?

    1. Regenexx Team Post author

      Pravin,
      We’d need to see the MRI. Please submit the Candidate form so you can upload the MRI and we can read it directly, then discuss with you by phone..

  3. T Asay

    I constantly find clinical trials in the use of stem cell therapy as it pertains to rotator cuff tears but it’s almost impossible to find any MRI evidence or clinical trials with SLAP tears. In most of the regenexx articles that I have found, the authors stress how most labral tear arthroscopic surgeries are not effective but they never talk about the evidence for stem cell treatments. Am I out of luck 🙁 . When I emailed my doctor following my MRI results I asked him what he thought about stem cell therapy and this was his response: “With regards to stem cell therapy for the shoulder, I don’t have great confidence that it will work. It does not have great evidence behind it, and since you have an anatomical problem with that labrum I don’t think it offers a cure. That being said, it is not likely overly dangerous, just less likely to help with a cost of a few thousand of dollars out of pocket.” He gave me the response that I was sort of expecting. Regenexx Team, make me a believer! I’m dying to get back into my passion of weight lifting

    1. Regenexx Team

      Hi T Asay,
      Please see: https://regenexx.com/blog/biceps-tenodesis-side-effects/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/modern-orthopedic-surgery-for-pain/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/surgery-controlled-damage-accomplish-goal/ and https://regenexx.com/blog/doctor-wont-approve-stem-cells/ https://regenexx.com/blog/the-orthopedic-structural-paradigm-is-dead/ No medical procedure, works all of the time, but logically if you can correct the problem without surgery that removes things, rearranges things and uses hardware to fasten things, that is a good thing as the biomechanical impact of all of that has permanent consequences. But given what’s passed off as “stem cell therapy” out there in the stem cell wild west, and what the potential is with the stem cell therapy most orthopedic surgeons can offer, we can understand that opinion. https://regenexx.com/blog/orthopedic-stem-cell-treatment/ and https://regenexx.com/conditions-treated/shoulder/ If you’d like to see if you would be a Candidate to address that Slap tear to get you back to weightlifting, please submit the “Are You a Candidate” form here: https://centenoschultz.com/

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Chris Centeno, MD is a specialist in regenerative medicine and the new field of Interventional Orthopedics. Centeno pioneered orthopedic stem cell procedures in 2005 and is responsible for a large amount of the published research on stem cell use for orthopedic applications.
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