Bankart Repair Protocols
Following an arthroscopic Bankart repair or open capsulolabral reconstruction, patients are advised to apply ice or a cold therapy unit to the shoulder and take pain medication as directed by Dr. Getelman to help alleviate pain. When applying ice, patients are encouraged to protect the skin with a light fabric to avoid burning the skin.
Patients will typically be required to wear a sling for approximately 6 weeks following a Bankart repair. This allows the repaired labrum to heal to the glenoid. Patients will wear the sling at all times, except when bathing, until directed by Dr. Getelman.
Physical therapy exercises generally continue for several weeks following surgery, or when full shoulder ROM and then strength is regained.
Patients can expect a return to overhead sports in approximately 4-5 months after surgery. Patients involved in contact or collision sports can typically return to play after approximately 6 months.
If you would like more information on an arthroscopic Bankart repair or open capsulolabral reconstruction for chronic shoulder instability, please contact the orthopedic office of Dr. Mark Getelman, shoulder surgeon in the greater Los Angeles, Thousand Oaks and Van Nuys, California communities.