Posterior bony Bankart bridge technique results in reliable clinical 2-year outcomes and high return to sports rate for the treatment of posterior bony Bankart lesions

  • Lucca Lacheta
  • Brandon T. Goldenberg
  • Marilee P. Horan
  • Peter J. MillettEmail author



To introduce the arthroscopic “posterior bony Bankart bridge” repair technique, and to report clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, recurrent instability rate, and return to sport rate.


Patients who were treated for posterior bony Bankart lesions with posterior bony Bankart bridge technique and were at least 2 years out from surgery were included. Clinical outcomes were assessed prospectively by the use of the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons (ASES) Score, Single Assessment Numerical Evaluation (SANE) Score, Quick Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand (DASH) Score and patient satisfaction. Return to sports rate and complications were reported.


Seven patients with a median age of 23.5 (range 17–43) and a median follow-up of 8 years (range 3–10) were included. Median time from injury to surgery was 15 days (range 3 days–2.2 years). Mean glenoid bone defect was 19% (range 11–31%). At final follow-up the median postoperative outcome scores were: ASES score 100 (range 92–100), SANE score 99 points (range 94–99) and QuickDASH 2.2 points (range 0–9). Median satisfaction of all patients was 10/10 (range 9–10). One patient reported subjective recurrent subluxations, which resolved under physical therapy. No patient underwent further surgery. No complications were noticed. At final follow-up, all patients (100%) reported that their sports participation levels were equal to their pre-injury levels.


The arthroscopic posterior bony Bankart bridge technique leads to reliable postoperative shoulder function and restores shoulder stability with high patient satisfaction and low complication rate in this small patient cohort for the treatment of posterior bony Bankart lesions. Also, no recurrent dislocation was observed at a minimum follow-up of at least 3 years, one patient continued to complain of subjective subluxations which resolved under physical therapy. All patients were able to return to their pre-injury sports level.

Level of evidence

Case series, Level IV.


Shoulder Posterior instability Bony Bankart Lesion Suture Bridge 


Compliance with ethical standards


There is no funding source.

Conflict of interest

Dr. Peter J. Millett: relevant financial relationships to be discussed, directly or indirectly, referred to or illustrated with or without recognition within this presentation are as follows: Consultants and Royalties: Arthrex, Inc., Medbridge, Springer Publishing. Paid consultant for (Arthrex exceeding $500.00/year) and I receive Royalties from Arthrex for surgical devices I developed. Stock in: VuMedi. Research activities supported by the Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) and Vail Valley Medical Center (VVMC). Corporate sponsorships for SPRI: Smith & Nephew, Arthrex, Siemens, Össur Americas, Inc. Lucca Lacheta: Position at Steadman Philippon Research Institute is sponsored by AGA funded through Arthrex, Inc. Brandon T. Goldenberg and Marilee P. Horan received no direct funding but are employees of SPRI: Steadman Philippon Research Institute (SPRI) exercises special care to identify any financial interests or relationships related to research conducted here. During the past calendar year, SPRI has received grant funding or in-kind donations from Arthrex, DJO, MLB, Ossur, Siemens, Smith & Nephew and XTRE.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.


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© European Society of Sports Traumatology, Knee Surgery, Arthroscopy (ESSKA) 2019

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Steadman Philippon Research InstituteVailUSA
  2. 2.Center for Musculoskeletal SurgeryCharité-Universitaetsmedizin BerlinBerlinGermany
  3. 3.The Steadman ClinicVailUSA

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