The best testament which will attest to the fact that latarjet procedure is one of the finest procedure in shoulder surgery is the Xray (see fig 1)of a patient who underwent this procedure 50 years ago by Dr latarjet himself and still has not had any recurrence even after 50 years of follow up- can you beat that?
There are 4 names to be remembered when we talk of the "latarjet procedure". Dr Michele Latarjet – who did this procedure for the first time in 1954, Dr. Didier Patte who further improved on this procedure, Dr. Gilles Walch who taught the world how to do this procedure and who has the maximum experience in the current world and lastly Dr. Laurent Lafosse –who was the first surgeon to perform this procedure entirely through Arthroscopy.
Which other treatment for shoulder instability will allow the patient to return to full arm elevation and no feeling of instability as early as 4 weeks after surgery and daily activities after 6 weeks? (see picture figure 2). My personal experience with this procedure, both Arthroscopic and Open Latarjet has been excellent and people have gone back to playing sports at the same pre-injury level as early as 2-3 months. Why would people then offer any other procedure to the patients of recurrent dislocation, if results are all that matters?