Arthroscopic fixation of superior labral lesions using a biodegradable implant: a preliminary report

Arthroscopy. 1995 Apr;11(2):194-8. doi: 10.1016/0749-8063(95)90066-7.


Twenty-two patients were treated for symptomatic lesions of the superior glenoid labrum in association with instability of the tendinous insertion of the long head of the biceps brachii. A biodegradable implant was used to fix the labrum to the bony glenoid using an arthroscopic technique. At 2-year average follow-up, satisfactory results were obtained in 86% of the patients. Two patients, both of whom had undergone concomitant subacromial decompression, continued to complain of pain after the procedure; 3 patients had restricted motion postoperatively, and 1 required manipulation under anesthesia. Twelve of 13 overhead athletes were able to return to full premorbid function. Arthroscopic fixation of unstable lesions of the superior labrum led to a resolution of symptoms in the majority of patients. There were no complications related to the use of the biodegradable implant.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Biodegradation, Environmental
  • Cartilage, Articular / surgery*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Methods
  • Postoperative Complications
  • Prostheses and Implants*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery*