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2022 Jan




Chronic Unreduced Anterior Shoulder Dislocation Managed by Latarjet Procedure: A Prospective Study.


Rai AK, Bandebuche AR, Bansal D, Gupta D, Naidu A
Cureus. 2022 Jan; 14(1):e21769.
PMID: 35251839.


The shoulder joint is the most common joint to undergo dislocation, with the anterior subtype being the most common. The most accepted definition of chronic dislocation is a shoulder joint that has remained dislocated for a minimum of three weeks. Due to rare presentation, there is a lack of consensus among surgeons regarding the optimal management option of chronic shoulder dislocation. The goal of this prospective study was to assess the efficacy of open reduction with Latarjet procedure in the management of chronic unreduced shoulder dislocation. A total of seven patients were included in this study. Five patients were males and two were females. The study was conducted in a single tertiary care centre between July 2015 and May 2018. All patients were managed by open reduction with the Latarjet procedure. The capsulolabral structures were repaired in all the cases. The post-operative functional outcome was assessed by shoulder range, Rowe score, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) score at regular intervals for a period of one year. There was a significant improvement in terms of pain relief and functional status of the patients. The patients were satisfied as they could do their daily routine activities without pain at a one-year follow-up. Early post-operative rehabilitation and physiotherapy are key to improving the functional range.