Modification of the Subscapularis Splitting Technique for Anterior Shoulder Reconstructions

Edward G. McFarland, Hyung Bin Park, Efstathios Chronopoulos, Tae Kyun Kim, John Wilckens

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One approach to the anterior shoulder for stabilization of shoulder instability is the subscapularis splitting approach. We have modified this technique and the instrumentation for use on 154 shoulders. The procedure was performed for 118 patients with traumatic anterior instability, 12 for multidirectional instability, and 24 for painful impingement with presumed instability. 27 of these were revision cases. This technique can be used for repairing Bankart lesions and capsular lesions and for bone grafting procedures to the anterior glenoid. There was only one axillary nerve neuropraxia and one partial laceration of the biceps tendon. This technique is safe and effective for treating a variety of instability patterns.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)18-25
Number of pages8
JournalTechniques in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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