Developed by a French surgeon in the 1950s, the Latarjet surgical technique can be used to improve the stability of the shoulder joint. Widely considered to be the gold standard in treatment for recurrent shoulder dislocations, an open Latarjet procedure may be used in cases where there is a complex soft tissue injury or significant bone loss at the front of the shoulder’s cup-shaped socket (glenoid) due to repeat dislocations.
Stabilizing a Dislocated Shoulder
A shoulder dislocation is a serious and painful injury that often results from trauma, such as a fall onto a hard surface or a direct blow. When this occurs, it’s important to seek professional medical attention right away, not only to treat the injury but also to help prevent chronic shoulder instability and repeat dislocations. If you’re in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, area, you can consult with Christopher C. Schmidt, MD. A nationally recognized shoulder surgeon, Dr. Schmidt specializes in the surgical treatment of shoulder instability and performs open Latarjet procedures.
Typically, when treating a patient with a dislocated shoulder, Dr. Schmidt will begin with a closed reduction, which involves manually moving the ball of the upper arm bone (humerus) back into the glenoid cavity. Next, Dr. Schmidt will order a series of images to:
- Confirm that the bones in the shoulder joint are properly positioned
- Evaluate the extent of the structural damage,
- Determine the most appropriate shoulder stabilization technique
Performing the Repair
Dr. Schmidt determines the optimal treatment approach for shoulder instability on a case-by-case basis after considering several individual factors, including the amount of bone loss present. Following his conservative treatment philosophy, his goal is to help each patient find the least invasive option that will be effective. As compared to arthroscopy, open Latarjet surgery allows for improved anchor orientation, potentially making the repair more anatomic and secure.
No matter which treatment approach you elect to address your shoulder instability, the goals will be the same: to improve the stability and range of motion of your shoulder and help you return to full function. As you explore your treatment options for shoulder instability, Dr. Schmidt can help you make fully informed decisions with confidence.
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