This is my first post on T forums. To give you all a quick, quick background so I don't bore everyone...I dislocated my right shoulder in 2005 playing dodgeball. I dislocated it later that year for a second time. In 2006, I dislocated my shoulder a 3rd and 4th time. I never saw a doctor, didn't get an MRI or x-ray because I'm a dumbass. But I went to PT and strengthened it in the gym and never dislocated it since. I did have one sublaxation like 6 years ago. I recently saw an orthopedic surgeon about it because I'm pretty pissed at myself that I didn't have surgery on it back In 2005-2006. He said I don't need surgery that I should continue to do strengthening exercises and PT.
I know some people have great results with labrum/bankart repairs and some don't, It depends on multiple factors I think. What I'm always wondering is, would my shoulder better if I had the surgery back then? Are the outcomes way better? My shoulder hurts and aches and I should mention that I haven't been able to lift in 4 years, I have chronic lyme disease and that's affected my ability to lift...another story for another time.
I would love to be able to swim, play tennis, rock climb, lift heavy etc. but I don't know if not having the surgery back then f'ed up my shoulder for life. I should mention that between 2005-2013 I was lifting heavy, with weighted dips, deadlifts, squats etc, with no shoulder dislocations (although I was always worried about it).