What is arthroscopic bankart repair?
Arthroscopic bankart repairs are a helpful approach for treating anterior shoulder weakness. Arthroscopy is an advanced procedure that involves the use of an arthroscope, which is a thin tube with a camera lens at the tip. The arthroscope is able to record video and display the inside of the shoulder on a larger monitor, guiding our orthopedic staff to pinpoint the location of the torn labrum and repair it for increased shoulder strength.
What are some advantages of arthroscopic bankart repairs?
Two big advantages that arthroscopic bankart repair has over open surgery are:
- Treatment with arthroscopy for bankart repair has a faster recovery time in contrast to open surgery.
- Arthroscopic bankart repair has fewer risk for complications than open surgery.
- Arthroscopic bankart repair only requires small incisions in contrast to open surgery
What can patients expect from an arthroscopic bankart repair?
Patients will be administered a general anesthetic prior to this procedure. This procedure usually takes around an hour. For the first several weeks after your surgery, we strongly advise that daily activities such as eating and dressing be performed with the un-operated arm. Patients who undergo this treatment will not be able to drive themselves for at least 6 weeks. A follow-up appointment will be scheduled so our orthopedic staff can advise when it may be safe for you to resume recreational activities.
If your everyday life is being affected by pain in one or both shoulders, contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment. Our orthopedic staff can help you determine if an arthroscopic bankart repairs may be the right procedure for you. We look forward to helping your daily life improve!