Bone Block Augmentation of the Posterior Glenoid for Recurrent Posterior Shoulder Instability Is Associated With High Rates of Clinical Failure: A Systematic Review.

To determine whether posterior glenoid bone block augmentation performed for the treatment of recurrent posterior shoulder instability succeeds in restoring stability and is associated with rates of complications or clinical failures comparable to other glenoid bone augmentation procedures./r/nA comprehensive search of PubMed, MEDLINE, and EMBASE databases was performed. Level of evidence studies I to IV pertaining to posterior bone block augmentation reporting on outcomes or complications were included. The search was carried out in accordance with the Preferred Reported Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses guidelines./r/nScreening of titles, abstracts, and manuscripts with application of inclusion and exclusion criteria yielded 17 full-text articles reporting on 269 shoulders undergoing bone block augmentation. Surgical technique varied between studies with regard to graft type (iliac crest, 13 studies; scapular spine, 2; acromion, 1; distal tibia allograft, 1), graft positioning (medial to 1.5 cm lateral to glenoid surface, equatorial to subequatorial), and open versus arthroscopic technique (open, 10 studies; arthroscopic, 4; both, 3). Four of the 8 studies with pre- and postoperative patient-reported outcomes (PROs) showed significant improvements in these outcomes at final follow-up. The postoperative outcomes ranged from 60 to 90 for Rowe scores (n = 7 studies) and 79 to 90 for Walch-Duplay scores (n = 7 studies). Complications were commonly encountered, with high rates of recurrent instability (0% to 73%) and revision procedures (0% to 67%) across different studies./r/nPosterior bone block augmentation for recurrent posterior shoulder instability does not reliably yield substantial improvements in PROs, and complications are frequently observed. The substantial heterogeneity across studies and the small number of patients precludes any substantive judgements as to the superiority of one surgical technique over another./r/nIV, systematic review of level III and IV studies.