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Repair of SLAP Lesions Associated With a Buford Complex: A Novel Surgical Technique.
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PMID:  21126845     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to analyze outcomes of a novel arthroscopic repair technique for type II SLAP lesions associated with a Buford complex.
METHODS: Patients selected for study enrollment had a symptomatic, isolated type II SLAP lesion and the Buford complex anatomic variant. Excluded were patients undergoing any concomitant shoulder procedure (e.g., subacromial decompression) or with any history of shoulder surgery. In addition to standard type II SLAP repair using suture anchors, the described technique also transects the cordlike middle glenohumeral ligament (MGHL) at the equator of the glenoid. This decreases postoperative stress on the repair and allows incorporation of the proximal MGHL segment for repair augmentation. The stout proximal MGHL segment is fixed to the anterosuperior glenoid rim, which is devoid of labral tissue, to enhance fixation of the SLAP repair anterior to the biceps anchor. The distal MGHL segment is left free so as to not impair external rotation. A single surgeon performed all procedures using the same surgical technique. Outcomes were assessed by University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Constant shoulder scoring indexes.
RESULTS: Twenty-one patients were evaluated. Both UCLA and Constant shoulder scores showed a statistically significant improvement after surgery. The mean UCLA score increased from 14.3 preoperatively to 32.1 postoperatively (P < .0001). The mean Constant score improved from 39.7 to 85.0 (P < .0001). Follow-up examination was performed at a mean of 44 months after surgery (range, 23 to 75 months). No patients had evidence of postoperative instability.
CONCLUSIONS: For patients with a symptomatic type II SLAP tear and an associated Buford complex, using the proximal Buford MGHL to enhance repair and releasing the distal Buford MGHL segment resulted in significant improvement in outcomes at intermediate follow-up.
LEVEL OF EVIDENCE: Level IV, therapeutic case series.
Heber C Crockett; Nathaniel C Wingert; John M Wright; Kevin F Bonner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-12-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Arthroscopy : the journal of arthroscopic & related surgery : official publication of the Arthroscopy Association of North America and the International Arthroscopy Association     Volume:  27     ISSN:  1526-3231     ISO Abbreviation:  Arthroscopy     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-02-28     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8506498     Medline TA:  Arthroscopy     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  314-21     Citation Subset:  IM    
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Copyright © 2011 Arthroscopy Association of North America. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Trails West Sports Medicine, Kearney, Nebraska, U.S.A.
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