2017 ISAKOS Biennial Congress ePoster #2027


Arthroscopic Treatment for Shoulder Instability with Glenoid Bone Loss Using Distal Tibia Allograft Augmentation

Ivan Wong, MD, FRCSC, MACM, Dip. Sports Med, Halifax, NS CANADA
Eyal Amar, MD, Tel Aviv ISRAEL
Catherine Mary Coady, MD, FRCSC, Halifax, Nova Scotia CANADA
Mark Glazebrook, MD, PhD, MSc, FRCS(C), Halifax, NS CANADA
George A. Konstantinidis, MD, PhD, Darwin, NT AUSTRALIA

Dalhousie University / NSHA, Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA

FDA Status Not Applicable


Arthroscopic stabilization of the shoulder with distal tibia allograft augmentation demonstrates promising result at 1 year follow up.



The results of arthroscopic anterior labral (Bankart) repair have been shown to have high failure rate in patients with significant glenoid bone loss. Several reconstruction procedures using bone graft have been described to overcome the bone loss, including autogenous coracoid transfer to the anterior glenoid (Latarjet procedure) as well as iliac crest autograft and tibial allografts. In recent years, trends toward minimally invasive shoulder surgery along with improvements in technology and technique have led surgeons to expand the application of arthroscopic treatment.


This study aims to perform a retrospective analysis of prospectively collected data to evaluate the clinical and radiological follow up of patient who underwent anatomic glenoid reconstruction using distal tibia allograft for the treatment of shoulder instability with glenoid bone loss at 1-year post operation time point.

Materials And Methods

Between December 2011 and January 2015, 55 patients underwent arthroscopic stabilization of the shoulder by means of capsule-labral reattachment to glenoid and bony augmentation of glenoid bone loss with distal tibial allograft for recurrent instability of the shoulder. Preoperative and postoperative evaluation included general assessment by the western Ontario shoulder instability index (WOSI) questionnaire, preoperative and postoperative radiographs and CT scans.


Fifty-five patients have been evaluated with mean age of 29.73 years at time of the index operation. There were 40 males (mean age of 29.66) and 15 female (mean age of 29.93). Minimum follow up time was 12 months. 
The following adverse effects were recorded: none suffered from recurrent dislocation, 2 patients suffered from bone resorption but without overt instability, 1 patient had malunion due to screw fracture, None of the patients had nonunion. The mean pre-operative WOSI score was 36.54 and the mean postoperative WOSI score was 61.0. 


Arthroscopic stabilization of the shoulder with distal tibia allograft augmentation demonstrates promising result at 1 year follow up.

Level of evidence: Level IV (case series)