Shoulder Bankart Repair

For relief from shoulder pain and instability, Surgical Solutions Network’s board-certified orthopedic surgeons offer Bankart repair surgery for patients from Toronto, Ontario; Calgary, Alberta; Vancouver, British Columbia; Winnipeg, Manitoba; and across Canada. This procedure treats traumatic anterior (front) shoulder instability from torn shoulder cartilage and/or labrum. The surgery is typically arthroscopic (or keyhole) surgery, which is minimally invasive and leads to faster recovery times.

Bankart Repair Shoulder Surgery With Surgical Solutions

Many patients from across the country and worldwide choose our private medical clinics for Bankart repair surgery. Our subspecialty shoulder surgeons have years of experience performing this and other shoulder procedures. They are committed to helping you regain full motion in your shoulder so that you can participate in sports and other activities again. We strive to provide exceptional pre- and post-operative care to deliver a rewarding patient experience. If you need shoulder surgery, you don’t need to cope with long wait times. Surgical Solutions is a network of private medical clinics in Canada, with accredited medical centres in Toronto, Vancouver, Winnipeg, and Calgary.

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What Is the Purpose of Bankart Repair Surgery of the Shoulder?

Bankart repair surgery restores function and stability to the shoulder in patients and helps reduce the risk of further injuries and dislocations due to shoulder instability. It also allows patients to take part in daily activities and sports more comfortably.

What Does Bankart Repair Treat?

Bankart repair surgery treats traumatic anterior (front) shoulder instability to restore shoulder function. Often this results from a major shoulder dislocation that weakens the shoulder. The shoulder pops out of its socket and may pop back in itself or need to be put back in with medical assistance.

In this type of injury, called a labral tear, the ligaments and cartilage that help keep the shoulder in its socket are torn. The shoulder may not heal properly, even after physiotherapy, which can lead to more shoulder instability and injuries and affect work, sports, and fitness activities.

Who Is a Good Candidate for Bankart Repair Surgery?

Bankart repair surgery is most commonly recommended in cases where:

  • The patient is between 15 and 40 years of age and has experienced severe shoulder dislocation.
  • X-rays show damage to the shoulder ball or socket.
  • The patient has difficulty throwing or performing similar actions involving the shoulder that highlight shoulder instability.
  • Shoulder instability has not responded to physiotherapy.

What To Expect With Bankart Repair Surgery

Arthroscopic Bankart repair surgery requires general anesthesia. This means the patient is unconscious for the duration of the procedure. A small incision is made at the front of the shoulder, which is large enough for small instruments, including an arthroscope (tiny camera) to guide them, to be inserted to perform the surgery.

The surgeon reattaches the torn labral cartilage to part of the shoulder, called the glenoid, using sutures. Additional sutures are used to reattach the shoulder joint capsule, which encircles the shoulder joint. The sutures are held in place by anchors in the bone. Both the sutures and anchors eventually dissolve as the area heals.

What Is Recovery Like After Bankart Repair Surgery?

After surgery, the patient is taken to a recovery room to be monitored in case there are any complications. Bankart repair surgery is typically outpatient surgery that doesn’t require an overnight stay. The patient must have an adult family member or friend on-hand to drive them home.

Patients will be given instructions on what they should and shouldn’t do to ensure a full recovery. Expect to wear a sling for the first 4 to 6 weeks to keep the arm close to the body. A course of physiotherapy may be recommended to strengthen the shoulder and restore full function. Because Bankart repair surgery is typically performed as a minimally invasive procedure, recovery can be faster and easier than after open surgery.

Next Steps: Book Your Bankart Repair Consultation

If you are ready to discuss your Bankart repair shoulder surgery needs with our orthopedic surgeons, contact us online to learn more and request a consultation today. To discover your health options, your patient advisor will discuss:

  • Your medical history
  • Incision techniques
  • Potential risks and complications

Start feeling better and doing more right away with Bankart repair shoulder surgery in Canada at Surgical Solutions.

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