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Shoulder Joint Surgery: Bankart Repair

Surgery on the shoulder joint can be done to repair a Bankart lesion (tear in the labrum). This surgery may be done using arthroscopic surgery (surgery through very small incisions) or with traditional open surgery. Your surgeon will decide which method is best for you.

Preparing for Surgery

  • Tell your doctor what prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbs, or supplements you take. This includes anti-inflammatory medications, including aspirin. Ask whether you should stop taking any of these before surgery.

  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Your stomach must be empty when you receive anesthesia.

  • Bring any x-rays, forms, or scans your doctor needs with you to the hospital.

  • Arrange for an adult friend or family member to give you a ride home.

During Surgery

During the surgery, your surgeon will closely examine the labrum and glenohumeral ligament. Your doctor will also look for damage to other parts of the shoulder joint. One or more repairs may be done:

  • The labrum and glenohumeral ligament are reattached to the glenoid using surgical anchors or sutures.

  • Any other damage to the shoulder may be repaired. The capsule (sheet of tough fibers that surrounds the glenoid and humerus) may be repaired or tightened.

Possible Risks and Complications of Shoulder Surgery

  • Infection

  • Damage to nerves or blood vessels

  • Moving or breaking of surgical anchors

  • Loss of flexibility

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

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