Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 470–478 | Cite as

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

  • J. A. van der LindeEmail author
  • R. van Wijngaarden
  • M. P. Somford
  • D. F. P. van Deurzen
  • M. P. J. van den Bekerom


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.


Bristow Latarjet Glenohumeral Shoulder Instability Hill Sachs 



We would like to thank Mark Flipsen for his perfect illustrations. Dr. van Deurzen and Dr. van den Bekerom received a research grant for arthroscopic surgery by Smith and Nephew and Tornier.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. A. van der Linde
    • 1
    Email author
  • R. van Wijngaarden
    • 1
  • M. P. Somford
    • 2
  • D. F. P. van Deurzen
    • 1
  • M. P. J. van den Bekerom
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedic SurgeryOnze Lieve Vrouwe GasthuisAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Orthopaedic Surgery and TraumatologyMedisch Spectrum TwenteEnschedeThe Netherlands

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