When is open reduction considered for anterior shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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In some cases of anterior shoulder dislocation, standard reduction efforts will fail. If multiple attempts at closed reduction fail or signs of neurovascular injury develop, an orthopedic surgeon should be consulted to evaluate for closed reduction or possible open reduction in the operating room with general anesthesia.

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