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Acta Orthop Belg. 2006 Jun;72(3):353-5.

Stabilisation of a posteriorly unstable glenohumeral joint during total shoulder arthroplasty: A novel capsulorrhaphy technique.

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Department of Orthopaedics-Traumatology, University of Crete, Greece.


Restoration of the soft tissue balance is of great importance during shoulder arthroplasty. We report a novel technique of posterior capsulorrhaphy through an anterior approach for the management of intraoperative posterior instability during implantation of the prosthesis. After the operation, the patients were able to follow a rehabilitation program with some minor restrictions, avoiding the necessity of a shoulder spica or other constrictive measures. This technique is simple, safe and sufficient to address instability due to abundance of the posterior shoulder capsule.

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