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I am 18 years old and I’ve dislocated my shoulder three times. I saw an othropedist and he said I teared my rotator cuff. The only option I was given was surgery. I do have pain when I work and carry stuff. I’ve done physical therapy but my shoulder still came out. Is it worth getting surgery to repair it or should I just leave it alone?
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Get a couple of opinions from surgeons but seriously consider it. It’s not going to repair itself
I agree with second opinion if you are not sure. Things like dislocating shoulders tend to get worse and dislocate easier each time. That is painful. Did you see a therapist who specialized in shoulders? I tore my rotator cuff and have an active job and also physically active. I waited 5 months before even seeing a Dr because I thought I would do my own therapy first and see how it went. It did improve some but was still painful, especially sleeping at night. When the ortho recommended surgery (after MRI revealed significant full thickness tears) I was really worried and not sure I should do it. But I am a PT and also consulted with another PT and an Occupational Therapist who specializes in hands. They both recommended doing it and I pretty much knew it was the best change for longevity of the shoulder. I had surgery 18 months ago. I was back to work in 6 months. The recovery was not a picnic, but also not as bad as I thought it might be. I think I had a pretty realistic view of recovery and, although it helps to read the advice on forums, many people on forums paint a horrific picture...which might not be your picture. Yes, the first couple weeks were painful and the pain reduced each week. Yes, I had a sling on for 6 weeks (I also have a bicep repair, glenoid repair and some spurs shaved off). Once I started therapy the progress was pretty steady. It's easy to look back and say it was not so bad...but each day was a challenge and when you are in the recovery process you feel like you will never be better. Thankfully my kids were grown so I didn't have to care for children and my Mom was able to come stay with me for 3 weeks. If you decide to go forward with surgery, ask the people here what they did to prepare. don't overwhelm yourself with too much information. Just do some research and decide on a plan of action, then decide what you need to do to achieve the best results. Good Luck!
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