Shoulder Arthroscopy and Bankart Repair

What is a Bankart Repair?


Your shoulder is the most mobile joint in your body. It is dependant on muscles, ligaments (including the joint ‘capsule’) and a rim of cartilage (called the ‘labrum’) to stabilise it during movement.

If your shoulder is causing recurrent dislocation, a tear of the anterior-inferior labrum which is called a ‘Bankart Lesion’ will be form.

Bankart Tear
Shoulder Bankart Tear

The operation involves tightening and/or repairing the overstretched and damaged ligaments, capsule and cartilage. The surgeon will reattach a torn labrum back to the shoulder socket using special anchors.

What are the benefits of having a Bankart Repair?


The purpose of a Bankart repair operation is to re-attach the capsule and ligaments to the socket of the shoulder joint to restore stability to your shoulder and prevent further dislocations.

What are the risks of having a Bankart Repair?


All operations involve an element of risk, these are very small but you need to be aware of them and can discuss them with our doctor at any time. Most patients achieve successful results from this procedure.

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