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Bankart Repair Shoulder

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The glenoid labrum is a fibrocartilage rim surrounding the edge of the shoulder socket, also known as glenoid fossa. This labrum can be damaged or torn in several ways. When a patient’s shoulder is dislocated, the front portion of the labrum is often damaged and torn. This is known as a Bankart tear or lesion, and it is the most common form of ligament injury to the shoulder. The Bankart Repair involves re-anchoring and suturing the torn piece of cartilage in order to restore security and stability to the shoulder. This procedure is typically performed arthroscopically, wherein the surgeon inserts a camera (arthroscope) into a small incision, uses sutures and small bone anchors to secure the ligaments firmly in place.