When to Abandon the Arthroscopic Bankart Repair: A Systematic Review

Benjamin J. Levy, Nathan L. Grimm, Robert A. Arciero

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Context: Bone loss is a major factor in determining surgical choice in patients with anterior glenohumeral instability. Although bone loss has been described, there is no consensus on glenoid, humeral head, and bipolar bone loss limits for which arthroscopic-only management with Bankart repair can be performed. Objective: To provide guidelines for selecting a more complex repair or reconstruction (in lieu of arthroscopic-only Bankart repair) in the setting of glenohumeral instability based on available literature. Data Sources: An electronic search of the literature for the period from 2000 to 2019 was performed using PubMed (MEDLINE). Study Selection: Studies were included if they quantified bone loss (humeral head or glenoid) in the setting of anterior instability treated with arthroscopic Bankart repair. Study Design: Systematic review. Level of Evidence: Level 4. Data Extraction: Study design, level of evidence, patient demographics, follow-up, recurrence rates, and measures of bone loss (glenoid, humeral head, bipolar). Results: A total of 14 studies met the inclusion criteria. Of these, 10 measured glenoid bone loss, 5 measured humeral head bone loss, and 2 measured “tracking” without explicit measurement of humeral head bone loss. Measurement techniques for glenoid and humeral head bone loss varied widely. Recommendations for maximum glenoid bone loss for arthroscopic repair were largely <15% of glenoid width in recent studies. Recommendations regarding humeral head loss were more variable (many authors providing only qualitative descriptions) with increasing attention on glenohumeral tracking. Conclusion: It is essential that a standardized method of glenoid and humeral head bone loss measurements be performed preoperatively to assess which patients will have successful stabilization after arthroscopic Bankart repair. Glenoid bone loss should be <15%, and humeral head lesions should be “on track” if an arthroscopic-only Bankart is planned. If there is greater bone loss, adjunct or open procedures should be performed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)425-430
Number of pages6
JournalSports Health
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • arthroscopic Bankart
  • glenoid bone loss
  • Hill-Sachs lesion
  • shoulder instability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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