Latarjet Open Stabilisation
by Mr Ben Gooding
Why perform a Latarjet stabilisation?
This operation is an open procedure to increase the size of the socket in the shoulder and prevent instability or dislocations.
The shoulder joint is the most mobile joint in the body and relies on bones, muscles, ligaments and capsule to keep it stable. Unlike a hip joint, the bones alone will not keep it in place as the ball and socket are like a golf ball on a tee with the socket much smaller than the ball.
If there is damage to the socket then the golf ball can ‘fall off the tee’ and a Latarjet type procedure may be needed to increase the size of the socket.