Results of the original Putti-Platt procedure for shoulder instability: Review of Putti's scholar experience

S. Zaffagnini, M. Marcacci, I. Loreti, A. Visani, A. Vascellari

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Twenty patients who underwent Putti-Platt shoulder capsulorraphy were retrospectively evaluated at long-term follow-up (24-34 years). The aim of this study was to analyse the efficacy and possible degenerative changes associated with this procedure. Patients' charts were reviewed to analyse the pre-operative picture, surgical technique and post-operative program. All patients were re-examined using ASES, Rowe and Lysholm scales. Range of movement (ROM) of the shoulder operated on was compared with the non-operated one. A-P, axillary and outlet views were taken for radiographic control. Samilson criteria were followed to determine the degree of arthrosis. Clinical outcome was satisfactory in 85% of the cases with only three cases with fair results (15%). No recurrence was present in this series. The mean limitation of external rotation in abduction was 9° with respect to the contra-lateral shoulder. Severe degenerative changes were observed in two cases. In conclusion, after a long follow-up period, the Putti-Platt technique has shown highly satisfactory results, with an incidence of loss of motion and joint degeneration changes similar to other procedures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)314-319
Number of pages6
JournalKnee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Capsulorraphy
  • Instability
  • Shoulder
  • Surgical technique

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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