What is the Latarjet procedure?
The Latarjet procedure is named after the French surgeon, Dr. Michael Latarjet, who first described the treatment in 1954. Also called the Latarjet-Bristow procedure, it is used to treat shoulder instability and recurrent shoulder dislocations. Oftentimes, shoulder instability is associated with bone loss or fracture of the glenoid (socket portion of the shoulder joint). The Latarjet-Bristow procedure is used to restore the stability of the shoulder joint when bone loss becomes critical. This innovative treatment, offered by Dr. Armando Vidal, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, is becoming the preferred method of treatment for patients in Vail, Aspen and the surrounding Denver, Colorado communities with recurrent shoulder instability with bone loss or revision surgery.