Tyler Groves

Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Science




Dr. Marie-Eve LeBel

Second Advisor

Dr. Robert Litchfield


Study Design: Randomized Clinical Trial Objectives: To determine the effect o f Bankart lesion repair compared to Bankart lesion repair with rotator interval closure in patients who have suffered anterior shoulder dislocations on: 1) quality of life (QOL), 2) function and pain scores, 3) range of motion (ROM), and 4) incidence of re-dislocation. Background: Surgical shoulder stabilization with Bankart repair has demonstrated improved stability following acute traumatic anterior dislocation. Recently there has been debate as to whether the addition of rotator interval closure would offer even greater stability or whether closure of the rotator interval may over tighten the shoulder capsule and cause a reduced range of motion. Methods and Measures: Nine participants were randomly assigned to receive Bankart lesion repair (n=6), or Bankart lesion repair with rotator interval closure (n=3). Quality of life, function, pain and range of motion were measured preoperatively, and at 3, 6,12 and 24 weeks postoperatively. This thesis represents an early interim analysis. Results: There were no significant differences between groups for quality o f life, function, pain, or range of motion measures. There were no reported episodes of re­ dislocation. Conclusion: Additional research that is adequately powered to test these hypotheses is required.



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