The Bristow–Latarjet procedure, a historical note on a technique in comeback

J. A. van der Linde*, R. van Wijngaarden, M. P. Somford, D. F.P. van Deurzen, M. P.J. van den Bekerom

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The Bristow–Latarjet procedure is a well-known surgical technique designed to treat shoulder instability. In this procedure, the coracoid process is transferred to the glenoid rim, to serve as augmentation of an associated bony defect. Because long-term results following a soft tissue procedure (Bankart repair) reveal that up to 21 and 33 % of the patients might experience recurrent instability and with the advent of the arthroscopic coracoid transfer, there is renewed interest in this procedure to treat shoulder instability. The aim of this study is to provide a historical overview, with emphasis on the original inventors Bristow and Latarjet, the complications and following modifications regarding the surgical approach, the coracoid transfer and the arthroscopic technique. Level of evidence V.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)470-478
Number of pages9
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Bristow
  • Glenohumeral
  • Hill Sachs
  • Instability
  • Latarjet
  • Shoulder


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