Arthrodesis as a salvage procedure for recurrent instability of the shoulder

J. Albert Diaz, Steven B. Cohen, Russell F. Warren, Edward V. Craig, Answorth A. Allen

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The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of shoulder arthrodesis as a salvage procedure for recurrent shoulder instability. Eight patients with an average of seven prior stabilization attempts were reviewed retrospectively at a mean follow-up of 35 months (range, 24-83 months). The average time to bony union after arthrodesis was 3.5 months (range, 2.5-5 months). The patients reported significant overall subjective improvement as a group after fusion. None of the patients complained of instability postoperatively. All 8 stated that they would repeat the surgery again under similar preoperative circumstances. Despite limitations in function and residual pain, our results suggest that shoulder arthrodesis is a viable treatment option for patients with refractory shoulder instability.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-241
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2003


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