The Bankart Repair is specially designed for repairing the Bankart lesion. It is an injury on a part of the shoulder, often associated with dislocation.
What are the symptoms that may warrant a Bankart Repair?
If you feel that your shoulder joint is unstable.
If you have poor range of movement in your shoulder, typically after a shoulder injury.
If dislocation of shoulder is happening repetitively.
If you feel any “catching or snagging “sensations of the shoulder.
If you had previous shoulder dislocation and you are feeling that it is about to dislocate again.
How do we confirm the diagnosis?
Physical examination – If you have a previous history of shoulder dislocation, you are probably having a reoccurrence, and a hence Bankart repair may be needed.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) – It is to confirm the dislocation as every detail will be seen on imagery.
X-ray – Radiologic imaging that shows any dislocation of bones.
Arthroscopy – This is to look in through the shoulder joints using an arthroscope.
Things to prepare before the procedure:
Special Investigations – Surgeon would want to check your general well-being before clearing you to undergo the procedure. Probable tests are the following –
Electromyography – To assess the ability of your muscles and nerve cells and determine you if you’re eligible to undergo the procedure.
MRI and X-ray – To reconfirm the site of the procedure.
Preoperative Physical Therapy – This is for the patient to know what the next necessary steps are to be taken on physical therapy after the surgery. This is also to condition the body back to its pre injury state as much as possible.
Health Education – You should know what the procedure is all about and what to expect during and after the procedure.
N.P.O. (nothing per orem) – You should not consume anything by mouth the night before the procedure to avoid anesthetic complications.
Things to expect after the surgery:
Headache/Nausea/Vomiting – These are the common side-effects anesthetics. So don’t worry too much about it. Your doctor will prescribe the necessary medications to manage this side effect.
Shoulder Sling/Brace – You will be given sling/brace to be worn at all times to prevent immobilization of the site.
Pain medications – Prescribed to manage post-surgical pain that you will be experiencing.
Do’s and Don’ts after the surgery:
Do not drive right after the surgery.
Do not go back to work immediately after the surgery – It will take about 2 weeks before you can go back to work if you have sedentary job, and about 1 month for jobs with light lifting duties.
Follow-up with your doctor to maintain a plan of care.
Participate on physical therapy sessions religiously to help you go back to your normal routine as early as possible.
Do apply ice/cryotherapy at home.
Feeling your shoulder is unstable and/or dislocated? Book an appointment now and have yourself evaluated by our orthopedic specialists here in Orthosports Medical Center.