Arthroscopic fixation of superior labral lesions using a biodegradable implant: a preliminary report.


Journal Article

Twenty-two patients were treated for symptomatic lesions of the superior glenoid labrum in association with instability of the tendinous insertion of the long head of the biceps brachii. A biodegradable implant was used to fix the labrum to the bony glenoid using an arthroscopic technique. At 2-year average follow-up, satisfactory results were obtained in 86% of the patients. Two patients, both of whom had undergone concomitant subacromial decompression, continued to complain of pain after the procedure; 3 patients had restricted motion postoperatively, and 1 required manipulation under anesthesia. Twelve of 13 overhead athletes were able to return to full premorbid function. Arthroscopic fixation of unstable lesions of the superior labrum led to a resolution of symptoms in the majority of patients. There were no complications related to the use of the biodegradable implant.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Pagnani, MJ; Speer, KP; Altchek, DW; Warren, RF; Dines, DM

Published Date

  • April 1995

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 194 - 198

PubMed ID

  • 7794432

Pubmed Central ID

  • 7794432

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0749-8063

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0749-8063(95)90066-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States