Is surgery recommended for a first time dislocated shoulder after the shoulder has been put back in place? How is it best to heal this?

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    Welcome to health SE :-). Since you are asking about general recommendations the question is not off-topic, but still the best way to heal something e.g. a dislocated shoulder should be assessed separately for each individual case, by a doctor, in person.
    – Lucky
    Oct 5, 2016 at 17:01

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Surgery is not always neccesary for the first time, depending on level of damage.


If this is the first time you dislocated your shoulder, you will probably not need surgery.

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If your shoulder continues to partly or fully dislocate in the future, you may need surgery to repair or tighten the ligaments that hold the bones in your shoulder joint together.

WebMD: Healing

Ice your shoulder to reduce pain and swelling. Do it for 20-30 minutes every three to four hours, for 2 to 3 days or longer. Use a sling or shoulder immobilizer to prevent further injury until you get medical treatment. Then follow the doctor's advice about whether or not to use a sling. Take anti-inflammatory painkillers. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) or naproxen (Aleve), will help with pain and swelling. However, these drugs may have side effects, like an increased risk of bleeding and ulcers or heart attacks and strokes. They should not be used for extended periods of time, unless your doctor specifically says otherwise. Practice stretching and strengthening exercises if your doctor recommends them.

Surgery is a treatment for shoulders that are badly damaged. It is unlikely that this level will come after the first dislocation.


Surgery is not the first choise medical Interference in case of dislocated shoulder unless there is a significant damage to the joint and expectation to redislocation.

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    Same as with the other answer, we really need references. Thanks!
    – Lucky
    Dec 5, 2016 at 16:33

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