Latarjet Procedure for Shoulder Instability
At MedStar Orthopaedic Institute, our surgeons are experts at identifying patients who may benefit from coracoid transfer (Latarjet Procedure) surgery for shoulder instability. Our surgeons are fellowship-trained and specialize specifically in shoulder surgery, so we have the substantial training and expertise necessary to perform this complex procedure.
As leaders in the field, we research innovative shoulder stabilization surgery techniques and train surgeons from around the nation on how to perform advanced procedures like this one. Our surgeons work with you to develop a treatment plan that will be most effective for you, helping to restore strength and stability to your shoulder joint.
What is coracoid transfer for shoulder instability?
If you suffer from chronic shoulder instability and have fractured or worn away the bone at the front of your shoulder socket, you may be a good candidate for coracoid transfer surgery. In this open surgery technique, also known as the Latarjet procedure, your surgeon transfers a piece of bone from your shoulder blade to the front of your shoulder socket. This helps hold the ball in the socket of the shoulder joint and provides extra protection against continual dislocation of the joint.
Why is the Latarjet procedure performed?
You may be a good candidate for this procedure if you suffered numerous shoulder dislocations in the past. The procedure is particularly helpful for patients who:
- Have had previous unsuccessful shoulder stabilization procedures
- Are missing bones in the front of the shoulder socket
What does coracoid transfer for shoulder instability involve?
During the operation, your orthopedic surgeon will remove a piece of bone from your shoulder blade and transfer it to the front of your shoulder socket. The bone will then act as a barrier, blocking your shoulder from slipping out of the socket. In addition, the muscles that are transferred with the bone will add stability to your shoulder joint.
What does recovery involve?
Your surgeon will work with you and a team of rehabilitation experts to ensure that your recovery is as fast and as complete as possible. Generally, you will need to wear your arm in a sling for about a month after surgery. Then, you will need to do regular physical therapy exercises for about three to four months to regain your strength and range of motion.
We recommend that you do not participate in contact sports for about six months following surgery. Your orthopedic surgeon will discuss any further details of your recovery plan with you before your procedure.
What are the benefits?
Our goal is for you to experience the following benefits after surgery:
- Pain relief
- Restored range of motion
- Improved strength and balance
- Improved shoulder stability
- Ability to return to normal activities
If you believe you may need coracoid transfer for shoulder instability, call 202-295-0511 to schedule a consultation with one of our orthopedic specialists at MedStar Orthopaedic Institute. Our doctors have years of experience treating a wide range of shoulder conditions and are pleased to offer comprehensive care in the Washington, D.C. area.