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Shoulder FAQ

Question:

I just had surgery on my shoulder 10 days ago. An X-ray shows the screw holding the cartilage in place is poking into the joint causing problems. I really don't want to have another operation. Will this get better on its own?

Answer:

Your doctor can best advise you on this matter. A recent report on five cases of this type suggests early treatment is best. A second operation to revise the first procedure can remove and reposition the screw before further damage is done.

Waiting too long resulted in a poor outcome for the five men in this study. The tip of the screw scraped the joint cartilage causing destructive damage. After a second operation, all five men reported pain and were unhappy with the results. The revision surgery wasn't done for a full year after the first operation.

The researchers suggest immediate revision in cases of this type.

Yong Girl Rhee, MD, et al. Glenohumeral Arthropathy after Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder n. In Arthroscopy. April 2004. Vol. 20. No. 4. Pp. 402-406.

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