First-time Shoulder Dislocation: Review of Operative Versus Non-Operative Management

Iossifidis A, Khoriati AA, Togias G


The management of first-time shoulder dislocation has long been a subject of controversy among shoulder surgeons. The benefits of surgery have to be offset against the risks. In this article, the authors examine the evidence for and against operative treatment when considering this complicated subset of patients and put forward an algorithm for decision making on operative versus non operative management.


Shoulder stabilisation; First-time shoulder dislocation; Bankart lesion; Hill-Sachs lesion

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