Glenoid Rim Fracture in Contact Athletes With Absorbable Suture Anchor Reconstruction

Sughran Banerjee, Lori Weiser, David Connell, Andrew L. Wallace

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Absorbable suture anchors are widely used in arthroscopic shoulder reconstruction procedures and provide a good solution for stabilization in athletes. In our practice we identified a group of 3 patients who had participated in contact sports and in whom traumatic instability developed. Subluxation of the shoulder followed repair by use of absorbable suture anchors. Each patient had a new injury characterized by a glenoid rim fracture that was not amenable to further arthroscopic reconstruction and was revised by use of a modified Latarjet procedure. All patients successfully returned to contact sports. We conclude that resorption defects resulting from the use of absorbable anchors contribute to an increased risk of rim fracture.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)560-562
Number of pages3
JournalArthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Anterior stabilization
  • Contact sports
  • Glenoid
  • Suture anchors

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