Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon

Dr. P.H Laubscher, Orthopaedic surgeon in Johannesburg

Anterior/Posterior Bankart repair surgery

This procedure is performed for patients with anterior or posterior instability complaints. During the procedure the anterior or posterior glenoid bony rim is prepared by roughening the surface. The detached labrum is thereafter reattached to the bone by means of an arthroscopic anchor and sutures.

Procedure duration:

Depending on the extent of the injury, 60-90 minutes.


Post operative rehabilitation:

The patient will wear a sling (shoulder immobilizer) for 6 weeks whereafter rehabilitation can commence. During this 6 week period the sling should be worn for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The sling may only be removed during the patients home exercise routine (which will be provided before discharge) or when taking a shower. Driving with the sling is dangerous and is strongly discouraged. Driving without the sling can compromise the repair and therefore the success of the surgery.
Complete and full recovery is expected at 3 to 6 months post surgery.