Open Latarjet Procedure & Bone Grafting Surgeon

Head Sports Medicine Physician Nikhil Verma, MD

Are you an athlete who participates in contact sports? If so, you may be at risk of developing anterior shoulder instability. Patients who have frequent shoulder dislocations can develop loss of stability and may be ideal candidates for Latarjet surgery. Latarjet surgeon, Dr. Nikhil Verma provides diagnosis and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients in Dr. Nikhil Verma provides diagnosis and both surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients in Chicago who have developed recurrent anterior shoulder instability. Contact Dr. Verma’s team today!

Open Latarjet Procedure and Bone Grafting

What is the Latarjet procedure?

This innovative treatment offered by Dr. Nikhil Verma, is also known as the Latarjet-Bristow procedure and is named after the French surgeon who first described the procedure in 1954. It is used to treat shoulder instability and recurrent shoulder dislocations. Since shoulder instability is often caused by bone loss or a fracture of the glenoid (the socket portion of the shoulder joint,) Latarjet is used to restore the stability of the shoulder joint.

Are you a candidate for Open Latarjet Procedure?

There are two ways to initiate a consultation with Dr. Verma:

You can provide current X-rays and/or MRIs for a clinical case review with Dr. Verma ($250).

You can schedule an office consultation with Dr.

Request Case Review or Office Consultation

What happens during Latarjet surgery?

Dr. Verma will perform the Latarjet with an open incision in the shoulder. The goal of Latarjet is to augment the glenoid with additional bone to hold the head of the humerus within the shoulder socket more securely. The bone augmentation comes from the part of the scapula (shoulder blade) called the coracoid. Dr. Verma removes the coracoid from its original attachment site and moves it a few centimeters forward, to the front of the shoulder socket. Once in place, the coracoid is screwed into the shoulder socket.

Why would adding bone to the glenoid help shoulder instability?

The Latarjet procedure accomplishes two important tasks: First, it increases the amount of bone of the shoulder socket to restore bone that had been lost or damaged. Second, the muscles attached to the coracoid when it is relocated, create a sling to help support the shoulder in the front of the joint. For patients in Westchester, Oakbrook, Hinsdale and surrounding Chicago communities, the procedure is very successful at restoring stability to the shoulder joint. Dr. Nikhil Verma uses the Latarjet procedure as the preferred method for patients who have worn away at least 25% of their shoulder socket.

What is the recovery time after the Latarajet procedure?

Depending on the patient’s age, severity of bone loss and level of activity, the typical recovery time after Latarajet is approximately 4-6 months. Patients in Westchester, Oakbrook, Hinsdale and surrounding Chicago communities can expect the following recommendations from Dr. Verma:

  • The arm will be placed in a sling following the repair and will be worn for 4-6 weeks to minimize movement and to protect the joint while it heals.
  • Ice should be applied to the incision site to help alleviate swelling and pain.
  • Dr. Verma will prescribe pain medications to be taken as directed.
  • The arm will need to be kept immobile in the sling, even when sleeping.
  • Under the careful guidance of Dr. Verma’s time, patients will begin a specialized physical therapy program.
    • Passive range of motion exercises will be followed by active range of motion with a gradual strengthening regimen.
  • Return to normal activities can be expected in about 5-6 months.

To learn more about the Latarjet procedure for shoulder instability, please contact Dr. Nikhil Verma, orthopedic shoulder surgeon in the Westchester, Oakbrook, Hinsdale and surrounding Chicago communities.