Reconstructive Shoulder Surgery
Shoulder instability is a problem of loose shoulder joint that occurs when the structures that surround the shoulder joint such as the ligaments, capsule and cartilage become overstretched or injured. When this occurs you may have shoulder joint dislocation. A dislocation occurs when the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) is forced out of the shoulder socket (glenoid).
Arthroscopic Latarjet Procedure
What is the Latarjet procedure?
The Latarjet procedure was developed over 50 years ago by French surgeons to treat shoulder instability. It involves using a bone graft from the shoulder blade (coracoid) and attaching it to the front of the shoulder joint (glenoid) with the help of 2 screws.
The arthroscopic Latarjet procedure is the same procedure but performed through key-hole incisions using very specialised instruments.
The Latarjet is a very effective and robust method to prevent further shoulder dislocations. It works by two main ways.
Total Shoulder Replacement
Shoulder joint replacement is a surgical procedure performed to replace the damaged shoulder joint with the artificial joint parts. Shoulder joint replacement is usually performed when the joint is severely damaged by osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, post-traumatic arthritis, rotator cuff tear arthropathy, avascular necrosis and failed former shoulder replacement surgery.
During the surgery an incision is made over the affected shoulder to expose the shoulder joint. The humerus is separated from the glenoid socket of the scapula. The arthritic part of the humeral head and the socket is removed and prepared so as to take the artificial components.