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Remplissage Surgical Technique

In addition to anterior glenoid bone loss, patients with traumatic shoulder instability may also experience bone loss of the posterolateral humeral head, often referred to as a Hill-Sachs lesion. Depending on the size and position of the Hill-Sachs lesion, the lesion may engage with the anterior glenoid rim upon certain movements. The role that Hill-Sachs lesions play in recurrent instability1 have led many to address them through a technique called Remplissage. In this technique, the lesion is “filled” by infraspinatus tenodesis and posterior capsulodesis to prevent the lesion from engaging with the glenoid rim. Many studies have shown favorable results in using Remplissage to address Hill-Sachs lesions and prevent recurrent dislocation, reporting failure rates of 0-15%2-7.

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