The recovery process from an orthopedic procedure known as arthroscopic bankart repair often necessitates a period of physical therapy. The Plano Orthopedic & Sports Medicine Center, which serves the residents of North Texas, sometimes simply abbreviated as POSMC, invites you to read this short work discussing what the aforementioned operation entails and the type of therapy you will need to undergo if you receive said procedure.
Typically, Bankart lesions are precipitated by shoulder dislocations. Dislocations often lead to tears in a component of the shoulder joint called the labrum. Specifically, a tear in the labrum’s inferior glenohumeral ligament is medically referred to as a Bankart lesion. This condition can elicit physical manifestations, such as pain, instability and mobility issues.
Arthroscopic Bankart Repair
A surgeon begins this minimally-invasive procedure by making small incisions in your impacted shoulder and inserting a small camera on a device called an arthroscope. Once said device is firmly in place, the medical professional is able to carefully examine the injured joint and determine the specific corrections that must be made.
The operative process begins when the surgeon inserts specialized tools through the arthroscope. With surgical implements in place, the medical team can repair damaged tissue and reattach the shoulder. The last phase of the procedure involves stitching the incisions.
The Recovery Process
Should you undergo Bankart lesion repair, it is difficult to pinpoint exactly how long your recovery process will last or how much time you will need to regain full movement and engage in all of the activities you did prior to the injury. Typically, recovery and therapy is divided into numerous phases. These phases are designed to meet goals, such as preventing the hand and wrist of the impacted arm from weakening and gradually regaining the strength and mobility of the remediated shoulder.
Typically, you will enter anywhere from seven to eight phases depending on the protocols employed by your surgeon and physical therapists. The initial phase commences two to three weeks following the intervention and the final phase will occur roughly four to six months following the intervention.
The four to six month timeframe is a subjective guideline and might be positively or negatively influenced by factors, including your age, overall health, physical condition and the severity of the shoulder injury. If said variables work in your favor, the recovery period could progress at a quicker rate. That said, a slower progression does not necessarily indicate any underlying or complicating issues.
If you have sustained a shoulder injury and are experiencing symptoms like pain, swelling, a feeling of instability or having difficult moving the impacted arm and shoulder, you might be a candidate for arthroscopic bankart lesion repair. We encourage you to contact us. One of our experienced shoulder specialists can perform a thorough examination and suggest the most appropriate course of treatment. More information about our practice and the associated services can be found by visiting http://www.posmc.com.