This month’s interesting case is that of a man that injured his shoulder after becoming lightheaded and passing out or, possibly after sustaining a seizure. He came to see us about 1 1/2 years later. His shoulder motion and shoulder function were very limited. He was diagnosed with a fixed posterior dislocation of the shoulder. Given his young age, we did not want to resort to a shoulder replacement and ended up reducing his shoulder and reconstructing the humeral head with an osteochondral ( bone and cartilage ) allograft transplantation.
Even some of the most complex fractures and instability cases can be corrected and function improved with proper and thoughtful planning and execution. If you or someone you know has a poorly functioning shoulder and has been told that nothing can be done, get another opinion!