Posterior Reconstruction

  • James E. Tibone
Part of the Comprehensive Manuals of Surgical Specialties book series (CMSS)


To the orthopedist, the approach to the posterior shoulder area is not so familiar as that to the anterior shoulder.1–3 In the field of sports medicine, however, it is necessary to be able to expose the posterior aspect of the shoulder atraumatically in order to treat recurrent posterior subluxations/dislocations of the shoulder and to debride calcium and bone spurs in this area. The diagnosis of posterior shoulder instability is usually difficult, but it can be made with repeated examination of the athlete.4,5


Deltoid Muscle Posterior Capsule Minor Muscle Posterior Shoulder Infraspinatus Muscle 
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    Tibone JE, Prietto C, et al: Staple capsulorrhaphy for recurrent posterior shoulder dislocation. Am J Sports Med 1981;9:135–139.PubMedCrossRefGoogle Scholar

Additional Reading

  1. Hawkins RJ, Koppert G, Johnston G: Recurrent posterior instability (subluxation) of the shoulder. J Bone Jt Surg 1984;66A: 169–174.Google Scholar
  2. Neer CS, Foster CR: Inferior capsular shift for involuntary and multidirectional instability of the shoulder. A preliminary report. J Bone Jt Surg 1980;62A:897–908.Google Scholar

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