Shoulder Stabilisation

Performed at SWLEOC by
leading UK surgeons.


An shoulder stabilisation is performed when the patient has multiple shoulder dislocations

Why would I need a Shoulder Stabilisation?

Repeated dislocations (instability) of the shoulder


Instability not controlled by non-surgical measures

Loss of function of the shoulder



What happens during the procedure?

1. You will be fully assessed to check you are physically well enough for surgery

This starts with the consultation with your surgeon in clinic.  You will then attend a pre-assessment clinic where you are assessed by a specialist nurse and sometimes an anaesthetist if you have other medical problems. You may require some additional blood tests and investigations before your surgery. You will have a chance to ask questions about your anaesthetic and what happens before and after surgery.

What happens during the procedure?

2. A general anaesthetic and usually a regional anaesthetic are used so you do not feel the surgery 

This is the preferred method to ensure you do not feel any pain after the surgery but still breathe for yourself which helps you to recover more quickly after the surgery. You will have a chance to discuss the anaesthetic before the surgery

What happens during the procedure?

3. An Arthroscope (keyhole camera) is inserted into the shoulder.

What happens during the procedure?

4. 2-3 additional 1/2cm incisions are made round the shoulder.

What happens during the procedure?

5. The damaged tissues are prepared and stitched back to the bone

What happens during the procedure?

6. The incisions will be closed and waterproof dressings applied

What happens during the procedure?

7. The arm will be placed in a sling

What happens during the procedure?

8. You return to the ward and are helped to manage the sling by the physios.

You will spend some time in recovery after the operation. As soon as you are well enough you will be transferred to the ward. On the ward you will be seen by the physios and nurses and as soon as possible. Most people are able to go home the same day.


All surgical procedures have risks associated with them, some of the specific ones are listed below. You will have a detailed discussion with your surgeon and there is a video to watch below.

  • Failure to relieve symptoms (Continued instability)(less than 10%)
  • Stiffness (frozen shoulder) (1 in 100)
  • Infection (less than 1 in 1000)
  • Nerve damage (less than 1 in 1000)

Recovery time

3 weeks

3 weeks in a sling followed by 3 weeks restricted movement

8 weeks

8 weeks basic range of motion work with the physiotherapist

3 months

3 months strengthening

Information videos