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March 29, 2017  
REFERENCE: Ask an Expert

Below are some of the most-recently-answered questions from our Medical Experts. We recommend you read over these questions as well as search our "Frequently Asked Questions" to see if your question has already been answered.



Question:
Dr. Bailie, In 1998, at the age of 23, I had arthroscopic surgery to repair a Bankart (labral) tear. One question I never asked during the time surrounding my surgery is how effective is the repair (durability of sutures and anchors) over an individual's lifespan? Does the tear heal over time or do the sutures and anchors continue to keep the shoulder stable?

Dr. Bailie
Dr. David S. Bailie chairs the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at Scottsdale Healthcare Shea (Hospital) in Scottsdale, Arizona, and he sees patients from all walks of life at The Orthopedic Clinic Association (TOCA) in Scottsdale, Arizona. A graduate of the University of Michigan, the Indiana University School of Medicine and was a post-graduate fellowship in Sports Medicine and Arthroscopic Surgery at Baylor Sports Medicine Institute in Houston, Texas. , Dr. Bailie specializes in all sports medicine injuries and arthroscopic surgery, including shoulder reconstruction.


Answer:
Depending on how the repair was done, the labrum should have healed in 6-8 weeks and once rehabbed, it should last forever unless another injury occurs. The success rate varies from about 60-95% depending on the technique and experience of the surgeon.

   
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