A new technique of arthroscopic capsular shift in anterior shoulder instability

Arthroscopy. 2001 Apr;17(4):426-9. doi: 10.1053/jars.2001.22366.


We describe a new arthroscopic technique to reinforce the torn inferior glenohumeral ligament (IGHL) and the elongated capsule to the glenoid rim. The arthroscope is inserted over the superior portal and, after the insertion of a suture anchor, both limbs are pulled out over the posterior portal. The IGHL is grasped and pulled upward onto the glenoid rim using a suture retriever clamp inserted over the posterior portal. A 45 degrees curved blunt clamp (Sidewinder; Arthrex, Naples, FL) coming from the anterior penetrates the IGHL, and 1 end of the suture limb is given into the branches of the clamp and pulled out anteriorly. After a second perforation of the capsule, a horizontal suture creating a neolabrum can be placed. This technique allows a suitable reinforcement of the capsule without intraoperative complications. In cases of capsular elongation, especially a torn IGHL, the capsular instability can be addressed by the described Sidewinder technique. More sophisticated arthroscopic techniques such as this will increase the indication for arthroscopic shoulder stabilization.

MeSH terms

  • Arthroscopy / methods*
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / surgery*
  • Ligaments, Articular
  • Postoperative Care
  • Prostheses and Implants
  • Rest
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*
  • Suture Techniques
  • Titanium


  • Titanium