Hi, I suffer from grade 3 AC joint dislocation from an bike accident. My AC joint and CC ligament are all torn. after 6 months of conservative measure im still in pain, and it's BAD. end of my clavicle pops up and is displaced from the shoulder, im in pain by just exist. when i need to reach or rise my arm, my shoulder acromion will flip under my clavicle sometimes and when i return to normal position it will SNAP back. it's bad because all 3 ligaments are torn and displaced so much it cannot heal naturally.
i've consulted an very experienced, big named surgeon/professor and he recommend an new surgery method and wants to only sew my AC joint back together with suture, but will not cut open my chest muscle to sew the clavicle with coracoid together. this way it's minimal invasive as it's done directly under skin not need to cut open my chest.
lets assume the Acromioclavicular joint will heal back together cos it's held together with suture, the distance between clavicle and coracoid is closed back to normal position. will the Coracoclavicular ligament heal back? i mean it's been broken for 6+ months. i know CC ligament doesn't take much load but if all the load are on the AC joint without CC ligament help. isn't gonna cause long term problem? i've heard some people injured the shoulder joint and 1 year after surgery still cannot do a single push-up.
I am not a doctor nor do I play one on tv and am not qualified to give medical advice. I have had laparoscopic surgery on both shoulders (nearly 12 and 5 months ago) so I have some idea what you are going through. My advice would be ..if you have questions or anything you are not comfortable with ask your doctor. If he doesn't answer well enough to be totally comfortable talk to another one. Second opinions are often a good idea especially before sharp implement comes in contact with human tissue!
You need to do everything you can to make sure it is done once and done right. Nothing worst than complications. They can happen when everything is done right but more likely if something isn't!
My GP told me "Obviously we need people to be the first ones to have new procedures. Thank goodness there are people willing to be the "test subjects" When it comes to my body and my patients I prefer the tried an proven after all the wrinkles are worked out." IMHO Sometimes the doctors are too keen to get to use the New Procedures.
Your body, your choice, you know how healthy you are and how quickly you normally heal.. those are all factors. I wish you luck whatever you choose.