Enes Uluyardımcı1, Durmuş Ali Öçgüder2, İbrahim Bozkurt2, Selçuk Korkmazer3, Mahmut Uğurlu2

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Develi Hatice-Muammer Kocatürk State Hospital, Kayseri, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Ankara City Hospital, Ankara, Turkey
3Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Ankara Dr. Sami Ulus Training and Research Hospital, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: All-suture anchor, Bankart lesion, metallic anchor, shoulder instability


Objectives: This study aims to compare metal suture anchors and all-suture anchors clinically and radiologically in arthroscopic Bankart repair.

Patients and methods: In this retrospective study, 67 patients (61 males, 6 females; mean age 26.0±5.8; range, 18 to 43 years) who underwent arthroscopic Bankart repair between April 2009 and October 2016 were divided into two groups depending on the type of the suture anchor used in different periods. Group A comprised 32 patients with arthroscopic Bankart repair performed with metal suture anchors, and Group B comprised 35 patients with arthroscopic Bankart repair performed with all-suture anchors. The patients were clinically evaluated using Rowe scores, Constant scores, redislocation rates, and positive apprehension test rates. Radiographic evaluation was performed using the Samilson-Prieto classification to observe the development of glenohumeral osteoarthritis.

Results: The mean follow-up period was 41.1±10.4 (range, 30 to 60) months in Group A, and 39.6±9.4 (range, 28 to 60) months in Group B, with no significant difference between the two groups (p=0.559). No significant difference was observed between Group A and Group B in terms of mean Rowe score (89.2±13.8 [range, 40 to 100] vs. 88.7±16.9 [range, 25 to 100]; p=0.895) or Constant score (87.2±8.9 [range, 48 to 96] vs. 86.9±9.0 [range, 46 to 96]; p=0.878), which were the clinical outcomes at the final follow-up examination. Postoperative redislocation rates (3.1% vs. 2.9%, p=1.0) and positive apprehension test rates (6.3% vs. 8.6%, p=1.0) were found to be similar in both groups. According to the Samilson-Prieto classification, there was no evidence of glenohumeral osteoarthritis in any of the patients in either group.

Conclusion: Satisfactory outcomes were obtained with the use of all-suture anchors in arthroscopic Bankart repair for traumatic anterior shoulder instability. All-suture anchors and metal suture anchors, have similar outcomes in the mid-term and all-suture anchors are a reliable and effective option for arthroscopic Bankart repair.

Citation: Uluyardımcı E, Öçgüder DA, Bozkurt İ, Korkmazer S, Uğurlu M. All-suture anchors versus metal suture anchors in the arthroscopic treatment of traumatic anterior shoulder insta- bility: a comparison of mid-term outcomes. Jt Dis Relat Surg 2021;32(1):101-107.

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