Complications following arthroscopic Bankart repair: a systematic review

Kaitlyn Rodriguez, Eoghan T. Hurley*, Caroline N. Park, Clark Bulleit, Jay M. Levin, Christopher S. Klifto, Jonathan F. Dickens, Brian C. Lau

*Corresponding author for this work

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Background: Complications are rare after arthroscopic Bankart repair, and as a result, there is a lack of guidance over rates of complications that can be used to consent patients. The purpose of this study is to systematically review the literature to assess the complications after arthroscopic Bankart repair, other than recurrent instability. Methods: A literature search of MEDLINE, Embase, and the Cochrane Library was performed based on the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines. Clinical studies reporting on the complications after arthroscopic Bankart repair were included. Results: A total of 194 studies were included in the analysis, with 13,979 patients and 14,019 shoulders undergoing arthroscopic Bankart repair. The overall complication rate was 0.67%, with frozen shoulder being the most common complication occurring in 0.32%. Persistent pain occurred in 0.17%. The rates of nerve, hardware, and wound complications were 0.07%, 0.05%, and 0.03%, respectively. Conclusion: The arthroscopic Bankart repair has a very low rate of complications. Frozen shoulder and persistent pain are the most frequently encountered complications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)435-440
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number2
StatePublished - Feb 2024
Externally publishedYes


  • Bankart
  • Level IV
  • Systematic Review
  • arthroscopy
  • complication
  • shoulder instability
  • systematic review


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