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.

Our Specialists

Shoulder & Elbow

Brent Bowie Wiesel, MD

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean

Sports Medicine

Evan H. Argintar, MD
Evan H. Argintar, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Emmanuel Asare O Atiemo, MD

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Vestinia P. Bridges, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Waldorf
MedStar Southern Maryland Hospital Center
Wiemi Abell Douoguih, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Daniel Mark Hampton, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Brandywine
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge
David Charles Johnson, MD

MedStar Washington Hospital Center
John A. Kuri, II, MD
John A. Kuri, II, MD
Sports Medicine

MedStar St. Mary’s Hospital
Carter Wallace Mitchell, MD

MedStar Montgomery Medical Center
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
William Postma, MD
William Postma, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 202-444-8766

MedStar Georgetown University Hospital
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Chevy Chase
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – McLean
Steven James Svoboda, MD

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Mitchellville
MedStar Washington Hospital Center
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Melissa Ann Yadao, MD
Sports Medicine
PhonePhone: 866-767-1682

MedStar Orthopaedic Institute - Lafayette Centre
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Alexandria
MedStar Orthopaedic Institute – Lake Ridge

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