Used to treat conditions such as shoulder dislocations or instability, open Bankart repair helps stabilize  the ball back into the socket of the shoulder joint. In this procedure, your orthopaedic surgeon will repair damaged ligaments and cartilage through an incision in the front of your shoulder.

You may be a good candidate for this surgery if you suffer from severe shoulder instability and have not found relief from medication, physical therapy, or other nonsurgical techniques. We also often use this method to help patients who have previously had unsuccessful shoulder surgery.

Open Bankart Repair – MedStar Georgetown’s Experienced Approach

The orthopedic surgeons at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital have the expertise necessary to restore your shoulder function, no matter how complex your condition. Every surgeon on our team has fellowship training in shoulder surgery and focuses exclusively on performing shoulder repair. We have extensive experience in the most complex procedures and we often teach other surgeons our techniques.

We also specialize in performing open Bankart repair, especially for revising previously unsuccessful procedures. If you had your original surgery done elsewhere and are not satisfied with your results, we can work with you to improve your outcome.

We also take time to discuss everything with you and your family. We listen to your concerns, answer all of your questions, and discuss the most advanced and effective treatment options. We will help you find the most effective treatment plan to help you regain strength and function in your shoulder.

Open Bankart Surgery Recovery

After open Bankart repair, you will generally wear your arm in a sling for three to four weeks. You will also have physical therapy treatment from anywhere from one to four months following surgery to regain strength and range of motion in your arm.  Typically, we will advise you to avoid contact sports for about six months after surgery.  Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss any further recovery details with you before your procedure.

Make an Appointment

For more information or to schedule an appointment with a shoulder specialist, call our scheduling line. 

Phone: 202-295-0549

Shoulder Specialist