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When a patient experiences chronic instability of the shoulder joint — due to stretching, tearing or dislocation of the joint — Bankart repair offers a time-tested technique for restoring stability and range of motion.
The shoulder is a ball-and-socket joint. The head of the arm bone (humerus) is the "ball" that connects to the shoulder blade at the glenoid cavity, the shoulder's "socket." At most, the glenoid only covers one third of the head of the humerus. To stabilize the joint, a rim of soft, fibrous tissue, called the labrum, surrounds and deepens the socket. In the event of injury, the labrum may become detached from the glenoid.
Using sutures and anchors, Bankart repair will reattach the labrum to the glenoid. Bankart repair also can repair the capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint.
The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals invite you to watch this overview of Bankart repair.