Bankart repair involves surgical repair of the torn labrum and capsule that were injured during a shoulder dislocation. The repair can be performed either arthroscopically or through an open incision. Dr. Driscoll has extensive training in arthroscopic surgery and believes that this approach allows for a secure repair while minimizing post-operative pain. The arthroscopic approach also avoids disruption of the surrounding shoulder muscles.
Arthroscopic Bankart repair is performed through small incisions around the shoulder called “portals”. An arthroscopic camera is passed through one portal and small surgical tools are passed through other portals to perform the repair. The labrum and capsule are repaired with high-strength sutures attached to multiple small suture anchors placed in the bone.
Arthroscopic Bankart repair is an outpatient surgery. Patients go home the same day with a shoulder immobilizer sling. The sling is worn for 4-6 weeks, but may be removed for bathing and physical therapy. Most patients are cleared to return to sports by 6 months after surgery.