What is Arthroscopic Bankart Repair?

The labrum is a ring-like component of the shoulder, located around the socket of the shoulder joint. When the labrum becomes injured, causing damage or a tear, it is oftentimes identified as a Bankart lesion (depending on the location of the tear). This type of injury is very common when a patient suffers a shoulder dislocation or overuses the joint. Aching pains, a feeling of instability and “catching” within the shoulder and repeated dislocations are all hallmark symptoms of this type of injury.

Fortunately, an arthroscopic bankart repair can oftentimes be performed as a minimally invasive outpatient procedure that typically allows patients to return home the same or very next day. Our experienced orthopedic surgeons will carefully repair and reattach the labrum to alleviate associated discomfort and restore normal function to the affected shoulder.

Our Treatment Approach

  • Tiny incisions are made in the front or the front and back of the shoulder, allowing your surgeon to insert an arthroscope (a tiny camera) and small, advanced tools to perform your procedure. The arthroscope gives the surgeon the ability to view everything in high-definition and in detail on a large monitor in the operating room.
  • A solution may be injected to expand the shoulder joint and give the surgeon sufficient operating space. He or she will use the small tools to carefully repair, reattach and tighten the labrum within the shoulder.
  • After the procedure has been completed, the tiny incisions will be closed and the patient begins recovery. In most cases, this is a fairly standard outpatient procedure that allows the patient to return home on the same day.

At OrthoCARE Institute, we are committed to helping our patients stay active, pain-free and healthy through compassionate and innovative non-surgical and minimally invasive treatments. There are many benefits when comparing minimally invasive techniques to traditional open surgery, including less post-operative pain and speedier healing periods that allow patients to return to the activities they love sooner than later. When meeting with your OrthoCARE surgeon, they will recommend treatment based on your unique situation, including your health history and the severity of your condition and symptoms.

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