Return to Play Following Anterior Shoulder Dislocation and Stabilization Surgery

Michael A. Donohue, Brett D. Owens, Jonathan F. Dickens*

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Anterior shoulder instability in athletes may lead to time lost from participation and decreases in level of play. Contact, collision, and overhead athletes are at a higher risk than others. Athletes may successfully be returned to play but operative stabilization should be considered for long-term treatment of recurrent instability. Open and arthroscopic stabilization procedures for athletes with less than 20% to 25% bone loss improve return to play rates and decrease recurrent instability, with a slightly lower recurrence with open stabilization. For athletes with greater than 20% to 25% bone loss, an open osseous augmentation procedure should be considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)545-561
Number of pages17
JournalClinics in Sports Medicine
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Oct 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bankart
  • Dislocation
  • Instability
  • Return to play
  • Shoulder
  • Sports
  • Subluxation


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