Alan M. Hirahara, MD, FRCSC
Orthopaedic SurgeonSpecialist in Sports Medicine

Arthroscopic Knotless Remplissage for the Treatment of Hill-Sachs Lesions Using the PASTA Bridge Configuration

Hirahara AM, Andersen WJ, Yamashiro K
Arthroscopy Techniques
DOI: 10.1016/j.eats.2018.11.001
PMID: 31019885

February 12th 2019

Recurrent glenohumeral dislocations can produce Hill-Sachs lesionsdbony defects on the humeral head resulting from the humerus hitting the glenoid during dislocations. Some of these lesions can engage on the glenoid during motion, producing instability and potentially affecting the success of a labral repair. The remplissage was developed to address these Hill-Sachs lesions and improve stability. French for “filling,” the goal of the remplissage is to fill the Hill-Sachs lesion with the infraspinatus tendon, preventing the margins of the lesion from engaging with the glenoid. Analogous to restoring the rotator cuff footprint during repair, a primary goal of the remplissage is to have the infraspinatus cover the Hill-Sachs lesion. The partial articular supraspinatus tendon avulsion (PASTA) bridge was originally developed for partial-thickness rotator cuff repair in situ, but additional uses have been found in other settings. The PASTA bridge uses a medial row horizontal mattress with a lateral anchor to create a linked construct to effectively distribute force and provide adequate coverage of the lesion. Knotless anchor technology used in this procedure prevents the need for arthroscopic knot tying and potentially damaging knot stacks. This Technical Note describes a remplissage technique using the PASTA bridge configuration to address Hill-Sachs lesions associated with recurrent glenohumeral instability.