Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 19, Issue 10, pp 1771–1779 | Cite as

MRI assessment of the structural labrum integrity after Bankart repair using knotless bio-anchors

  • T. Stein
  • A. P. Mehling
  • C. Reck
  • J. Buckup
  • T. Efe
  • R. Hoffmann
  • A. Jäger
  • F. Welsch



Adequate labral restorations after Bankart repair have been demonstrated in cadaver models for knot-tying and knotless anchors and in vivo by magnetic resonance imaging for knot tying. The influence of glenoidal bio-degradation on clinical outcome, and conclusions regarding drill hole enlargement and foreign body reactions remain controversial.


The labrum was analyzed in magnetic resonance images for 37 consecutive patients with Bankart repair using knotless PLLA anchors and for 31 volunteers as radiologic controls. The labrum was assessed regarding slope, height index (quotient between labral height to the glenoid height), and labrum morphology in axial and coronal T2 images. Glenoidal bio-degradation was graded in terms of the drill hole configuration in T1 images and the corresponding osseous reaction in T2 images. Constant-Murley, Walch-Duplay, and Rowe scoring were carried out preoperatively and at follow-up.


At 15 months after arthroscopy, the anterior slope (24.8°), height index (3.0), inferior slope (25.4°), and height index (2.5) were not significantly different from control values. Morphologic analysis revealed significant changes in the Bankart group (P < 0.05) that were influenced by the number of preoperative dislocations. Bio-degradation proceeded slowly with no evidence of drill hole enlargement. Osseous reactions were significantly greater in inferior compared to superior implants. The clinical scores were excellent and were not influenced by bio-degradation.


Knotless anchors facilitate labral restoration that is comparable to the knot-tying approach. Bio-degradation proceeds slowly without clinical or radiologic evidence of foreign body reactions.

Level of evidence



Bankart repair Labrum restoration Bio-degradation Knotless anchor 



The authors thank for the assistance of Dr. rer. med. Hanns Ackermann, Manuela Ahr, Katja Hähnel and Gamze Tercan for collecting and analyzing of the data. The Magnetic Resonance Imaging were supported by a research fund of Arthrex (Naples, USA).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • T. Stein
    • 1
    • 4
  • A. P. Mehling
    • 1
  • C. Reck
    • 2
  • J. Buckup
    • 1
  • T. Efe
    • 4
  • R. Hoffmann
    • 3
  • A. Jäger
    • 1
  • F. Welsch
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Sporttraumatology—Knee- and Shoulder-SurgeryBerufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic and Interventional RadiologyBerufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany
  3. 3.Department of Trauma and Orthopedic SurgeryBerufsgenossenschaftliche Unfallklinik Frankfurt am MainFrankfurt am MainGermany
  4. 4.Department of Orthopaedics and RheumatologyUniversity Hospital MarburgMarburgGermany

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