Bankart Repair


The shoulder joint (glenohumeral joint) is a ball and socket joint, where the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) attaches to the shoulder socket (glenoid cavity). The labrum, a cuff of cartilage that encircles the shoulder socket, helps serve this purpose by forming a cup for the humeral head to move within. The labrum can sometimes tear during a shoulder injury. A specific type of labral tear that occurs when the shoulder dislocates is called a Bankart tear. Bankart repair surgery is indicated when conservative treatment measures do not improve the condition and repeated shoulder joint dislocations occur.

What Are The Symptoms of A Bankart Lesion?

  1. Pain When reaching overhead, at night, or with daily activities.
  2. Instability and weakness. The shoulder may “just hang there,” pop out of the joint, or feel too loose.
  3. Limited range of motion.
  4. Unusual noises or sensations in the shoulder.