What is the treatment for a Bankart lesion?
When the shoulder ligaments are simply stretched, or only partially torn, from their attachment site, conservative therapies may be sufficient in alleviating symptoms. Immobilization of the shoulder with a sling or other device is highly recommended to prevent further damage during the healing process. Pain and inflammation can be controlled with a combination of rest, ice, and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications (NSAIDs). When the pain and inflammation subside, a physical therapy program will be prescribed to strengthen and improve range of motion of the shoulder.
However, in the event of severe or complex damage to the shoulder, or when the ligaments no longer provide stability with joint movement, surgical intervention may be necessary to restabilize the shoulder. A Bankart repair, also known as capsulolabral reconstruction, is a minimally invasive surgical procedure that involves the manipulation of the anterior shoulder capsule and the repair and reattachment of the damaged glenoid labrum. Dr. Matthew T. Provencher, orthopedic shoulder doctor, treats patients in Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs, and the Denver, Colorado area who have experienced recurrent shoulder dislocations and are in need of a Bankart repair.