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Bankart Repair Surgery

The glenohumeral joint in the shoulder provides the rotational ability for the arm. The humerus head fits into the glenoid socket, held in place by multiple ligaments, tendons and cartilage. One of the components that is vital to stabilizing the glenohumeral joint is the labrum, a band of cartilage around the glenoid. If the labrum is torn or detached, it can result in instability and other issues within the shoulder. Jonathan L. Glashow, MD orthopedic surgery and sports injury center offers Bankart repair surgery for labrum damage at our facility in Miami, FL.

Labral tears are often caused when the shoulder is dislocated or from repetitive injury to the tissues within the glenohumeral joint. These are most commonly found in athletes that perform forceful throwing motions or sustain a severe shoulder dislocation during a fall or tackle. There are a few different types of labral tears that can affect the shoulder stability and function, including:

  • Bankart lesion – labrum is torn during a shoulder dislocation
  • SLAP tear – superior labrum from anterior to posterior (SLAP) tears are repetitive motion injuries usually occurring in overhead throwing or racket sport athletes
  • Posterior labrum tears – pinching of the labrum and rotator cuff in the backside of the shoulder that cause a labrum tear

Labral tears can result in frequent dislocation injuries and instability of the shoulder joint. Individuals with this type of injury experience pain in the shoulder and may have increased pain when performing over-the-head arm activities.

Repairing Labral Tears

Bankart surgery is used to restore the structure and function of the glenohumeral joint. This includes repairing the labrum, but also can involve repairing the glenoid structure and damaged ligaments that contribute to joint instability. This procedure is the gold standard to resolve recurrent shoulder dislocations caused by torn or damaged labrum and ligaments.

Dr. Glashow is one of the most respected orthopedic and shoulder specialists in the country. If you are experiencing frequent shoulder dislocations or dysfunction due to a labral or ligament tear, contact our experienced orthopedic team at our location in Miami, FL, to schedule an appointment to discuss Bankart repair surgery.

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