Arthroscopic Treatment of Multidirectional Glenohumeral Instability in Young Overhead Athletes

  • Voigt C
  • Schulz A
  • Lill H
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PURPOSE:This prospective case series evaluates the outcome, and the return to sports of young overhead athletes with a persistent, symptomatic multidirectional instability (MDI) with hyperlaxity type Gerber B5 treated with an arthroscopic anteroposteroinferior capsular plication and rotator interval closure.METHODS:9 young overhead athletes (10 shoulders) with the rare diagnosis of MDI (Gerber B5) and an indication for operative treatment, after a failed physiotherapy program were physically examined 3, 6 and 12 months postoperatively by a physical examination, and got a final phone interview after median 39 months.RESULTS:At the final follow-up all patients were satisfied; Rowe Score showed 7 "excellent" and "good" results; Constant Score was "excellent" and "good" in 6, and "fair" in 1 patient. 7/9 returned to their previous sports, 3/9 at a reduced level.CONCLUSION:Symptomatic MDI requires an individual indication for surgical treatment after a primary conservative treatment. The described arthroscopic technique stabilizes glenohumeral joint. A return to overhead sports is possible but often at a reduced level; returning to high-performance sports cannot be recommended because of the high risk of reinstability.

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  • C. Voigt

  • A. P. Schulz

  • H. Lill

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