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March 29, 2017  
REFERENCE: Ask an Expert

Below are some of the most-recently-answered questions from our Medical Experts. We recommend you read over these questions as well as search our "Frequently Asked Questions" to see if your question has already been answered.



Question:
My left shoulder used to dislocate frequently. I had the Bankart Procedure about 8 years ago and it's been good ever since. Recently, I had a massage, and the masseuse gently massaged the scar to "loosen any scar tissue." I have been sore in that area for the three weeks since, and I feel a tendon click, or run over bone in a way that I didn't before. I am tremendously concerned that I have undone part of the operation. Could a light massage damage the area/the surgeon's work, or did the massage just make me overly-conscious of the area?

Dr. Bailie
Dr. David S. Bailie chairs the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea (Hospital) in Scottsdale, Arizona, and he sees patients from all walks of life at The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA) in Scottsdale, Arizona. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Indiana University School of Medicine and was a post-graduate fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery at Baylor Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas. , Dr. Bailie specializes in all sports medicine injuries and arthroscopic surgery, including shoulder reconstruction.


Answer:
A massage cannot hurt the repair after 8 years. It is unrelated but if it persists should be checked by your surgeon.

   
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