The Latarjet procedure is a brilliant improvement on an operation that has been around for half a century. It is an operation to stabilise your shoulder and prevent shoulder dislocation. It involves taking a bone graft from the front of the shoulder blade and attaching it to the front of your shoulder joint socket.
Dr. David Colvin, trained in orthopaedic surgery in Perth. David's specialty is knee and shoulder surgery and sports injuries.
What is so clever about the Latarjet procedure?
The Latarjet procedure is a “triple play”. It prevents shoulder dislocations in three ways. Firstly, your orthopaedic surgeon will use a bone graft from the shoulder blade to build up the bone at the front of the shoulder socket. This additional bone works as a bumper bar preventing further dislocations.
Secondly, the transferred bone graft has a tendon still attached to it. The tendon is repositioned so that it runs across the front of the shoulder acting as a sling and further preventing dislocation.
The final part of the operation is to repair the torn labrum and tighten the capsule.
Because it works in three different ways, the Latarjet procedure has proven to be the most successful treatment for shoulder dislocation. The Latarjet procedure is an open shoulder stabilisation. It’s done through a vertical cut on the front of the shoulder.
When should you consider open shoulder stabilisation surgery?
Dr Colvin in Perth is likely to advise the Latarjet procedure if you have had frequent episodes of dislocation and shoulder instability. It is also the best operation if you have had a previous arthroscopic shoulder stabilisation which has re-dislocated.
The Latarjet procedure is our go-to operation for high demand patients. It’s the operation of choice for AFL footballers and any athlete involved in contact sport. It is also the preferred procedure if you have a physically demanding job which requires working in an overhead position.
Arthroscopic Shoulder Stabilisation
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Dr David Colvin consults at:
Western Orthopaedic Clinic
Suite 213, 25 McCourt Street,
Subiaco WA 6008 (Perth)
- These rooms are part of St John of God Subiaco Hospital.
- Parking is available on site.
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