Univ. Prof. Dr. Herbert Resch

Founder and head of the Shoulder-Team of the Department of Trauma Surgery Innsbruck 1985 – 1993


Surgical methods for shoulder instability

Modified procedure in accordance with Bankart ("drill hole method"):

Drill holes are placed over the sulcus on the anterior edge of the glenoid rim, protecting the articular cartilage. The unstable joint capsule is re-estabilised by sewing through these drill holes towards the glenoid rim.


Anatomical reconstruction of the anterior glenoid defect with an intraarticulary implanted J-shaped cortico-cancellous bone graft from the iliac crest.

Arthroscopic extraarticular Bankart operation:

Using an antero-inferior transmuscular arthroscopic portal, the detatched capsule is reattached to the anterior glenoid rim using resorbable pins.


Surgical methods for proximal humerus fractures

Open reduction using bone suturing and pins:

Protecting the soft tissue, the fracture is reducted, the humeral head fragment is fixed with pins and the tubercle fixed with bone sutures to the humerus and the humeral head.

Closed reduction and fixation of humeral head fractures with percutaneously inserted pins and channeled screws:

Using a C-arm image intensifier, the fracture is realigned and the humeral head fragment gets fixed using percutaneously inserted pins. In a second step, the greater tuberosity is reducted and stabilized using cannulated screws.


Introduction to the Innsbruck Surgical Course

Open Surgery of the Shoulder

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder


Univ. Prof. Dr. Gernot Sperner

Head of the Shoulder-Team at the Department of Trauma Surgery Innsbruck (1993 – 2002).

Continuation of the shoulder courses, in collaboration with the Department of Anatomy.

Introduction of innovative management possibilities in Innsbruck on irreparable rotator cuff tears (muscle transfers) or in combination with joint arthritis (Delta Inverse Prothesis).