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Anterior Capsular Reconstruction of the Shoulder for Chronic Instability Using a Dermal Allograft

Zink, Thomas DO*; Triplet, Jacob J. DO*; Myers, Devon M. DO*; Taylor, Benjamin C. MD; Wiseman, Stephen P. DO; Long, Nathaniel K. DO

Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery: September 2019 - Volume 20 - Issue 3 - p 92–95
doi: 10.1097/BTE.0000000000000172

Chronic anterior shoulder instability after failed surgical stabilization procedures poses a significant challenge to orthopedic surgeons. Here, a novel technique of an anterior capsular reconstruction with a dermal allograft is presented. The shoulder remained stable with no recurrent dislocations at a final follow-up of 24 months. Excellent range of motion, strength, and good patient satisfaction is noted. Outcomes following the use of a dermal allograft for anterior capsular reconstruction have not been previously reported in the literature, and its use for chronic anterior shoulder instability shows promising initial results.

*OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Orthopedic Residency Program

OhioHealth Orthopedic Trauma and Reconstruction Surgeons

OhioHealth Orthopedic Surgeons, Grant Medical Center, Columbus, OH

N.K.L. is a paid consultant for Arthrex. B.C.T. receives royalties, is a paid lecturer, and consultant for ZimmerBiomet, is on the speakers’ bureau for ZimmerBiomet and DepuySynthes, and is on the editorial board of The remaining authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Jacob J. Triplet, DO, OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Orthopedic Residency Program, 100 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43228 (e-mail:

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