How long does it take to recover from a separated shoulder surgery?

Most people enjoy a full recovery after conservative treatment. A minor separation usually heals within a few weeks. A more severe separation might take several weeks to months to heal. You might always have a noticeable bump on the affected shoulder, but it shouldn’t affect your ability to use that shoulder.

Which ligament is most commonly damaged with a separated shoulder?

A mild shoulder separation involves a sprain of the AC ligament that does not move the collarbone and looks normal on X-rays. A more serious injury tears the AC ligament and sprains or slightly tears the coracoclavicular (CC) ligament, putting the collarbone out of alignment to some extent with a smaller bump.

Does a Grade 3 shoulder separation require surgery?

Most people do well without surgery. The severe injury (Grade 3) can be treated either nonoperatively or operatively. Non-operative treatment involves immobilisation in a sling for two to three weeks followed by a course of physiotherapy.

How long does a Grade 3 shoulder separation take to heal?

Most Grade I – III AC separations are treated successfully with non-operative treatment that may include: ice to reduce pain and swelling. rest and a protective sling until pain subsides. This usually takes about 1-2 weeks.

Is shoulder separation worse than dislocation?

“A shoulder separation will occur at top of the shoulder, sometimes causing a bump in the affected area,” says Dr. Rajesh B. Makim, shoulder specialist at Orthopedic Associates of Port Huron. “A shoulder dislocation will occur when the shoulder joint comes apart, a much more serious and painful injury.”

How long does it take to recover from grade 3 shoulder separation?

What happens if a separated shoulder goes untreated?

An untreated shoulder dislocation will increase in pain and swelling. There will be a significant loss of shoulder mobility. Also, further damage to surrounding blood vessels and ligaments can occur. It’s important to see a doctor immediately if you have a shoulder dislocation.

Does the bump from a separated shoulder go away?

Most people will get back to normal arm and shoulder function, but a bump in your shoulder may remain. If you have a mild shoulder separation, you may completely recover within a few weeks. More severe injuries may need more time to heal.

How are Lars ligaments used in shoulder reconstruction?

LARS is a synthetic Ligament Augmentation and Reconstruction device, designed to mimic the normal anatomic ligament fibres. The intra-articular longitudinal fibres resist fatigue and allow fibroblastic ingrowth. The extra-articular woven fibres provide strength and resistance to elongation.

Where is the incision for the LARS ligament?

A 3-5cm incision is made in the sagittal plane extending up from the coracoid over the clavicle (blue arrows). Transverse incisions can lead to poor scars. The medial 5cm of the deltoid can be divided off the clavicle and reflected laterally creating a flap for later repair. The AC joint and lateral clavicle are then exposed.

Can a shoulder separation tear both AC and CC ligaments?

The most severe shoulder separation completely tears both the AC and CC ligaments and puts the AC joint noticeably out of position, with a larger bump. This figure shows the intact ligaments around the acromioclavicular joint. The red arrow points to the ligaments that are around the joint itself.

How is AC joint reconstruction for a separated shoulder done?

The goal of all surgical treatments for a shoulder separation is to restore the normal alignment of the end of the collarbone with the outer edge of the shoulder blade (the acromion). Ultimately, the hope is to restore the alignment of these bones, have them held in a stable position, and relieve pain at the acromioclavicular joint.