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Posterior Stabilization (Reverse Bankart) Repair
Dr. James Chen, M.D. - In San Francisco, CA



Dr. Chen’s surgical technique for posterior stabilization with a single portal:


An arthroscopic procedure performed to stabilize the shoulder after an injury has caused tearing of the posterior labrum. Through 2 or 3 small incisions around the shoulder sutures are introduced into displaced labral tissue. The tissue is brought to its proper position then secured to the bone of the shoulder socket by driving absorbable anchors into small, drilled holes. This recreates the normal anatomy of the shoulder socket thus stabilizing the joint.


Dr. Chen’s surgical technique for posterior stabilization with two portals:

Common Questions about Posterior Stabilization (Reverse Bankart) Repair

What is posterior shoulder instability?

Posterior shoulder instability is when the shoulder dislocates out the back of the shoulder. About 5 percent of the time dislocations are posterior and 95 percent of the time they are anterior. Classic scenarios for posterior shoulder instability are in the setting of trauma, during sports such as football or weightlifting, or in patients with seizure disorder.

What is a reverse Bankart repair?

A reverse Bankart repair is also known as a posterior Bankart repair. A posterior Bankart repair is a repair of the posterior labrum.

How is a reverse Bankart repair performed?

Arthroscopic posterior Bankart repair is performed arthroscopically through a camera through two 5 mm incisions. The torn posterior labrum is repaired with suture anchors that are placed into the rim of the posterior glenoid (socket).

What is the rehabilitation protocol for posterior stabilization?

Rehabiliation consists of 6 weeks post-operatively in a sling followed by physical therapy for 2 to 3 months to regain motion.

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