Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 1884–1887 | Cite as

A simplified arthroscopic bone graft transfer technique in chronic glenoid bone deficiency

  • Wolfgang Nebelung
  • Frank Reichwein
  • Sven Nebelung


In severe shoulder instability, chronic glenoid bone deficiency is a challenge for arthroscopic shoulder surgeons. This paper presents a new all-arthroscopic technique of iliac crest bone graft transfer for those patients. Transportation through the rotator interval and repositioning into the glenoid defect is achieved by use of a tracking suture, while fixation of the graft is performed by biodegradable or titanium double-helix screws. Overall, the feasibility and reproducibility of this new reconstruction technique in recreating the bony and soft tissue anatomy of the antero-inferior glenoid could be demonstrated. So far, preliminary outcomes of 24 patients operated on using this technique are promising.

Level of evidence Case series with no comparison group, Level IV.


Shoulder instability Glenoid bone deficiency Bone graft Tracking suture Arthroscopy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wolfgang Nebelung
    • 1
  • Frank Reichwein
    • 1
  • Sven Nebelung
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Rheumatology and ArthroscopyMarienkrankenhaus Düsseldorf-KaiserswerthDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsAachen University HospitalAachenGermany

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