Labrum Repair Surgery: Treatment for Shoulder Injury

Labrum repair is a surgical approach to address a tear in the shoulder. A labral tear of the shoulder involves a piece of fibrocartilage. This tissue connects to the edge of the shoulder socket and helps keep the joint secure.

Some symptoms of a labral tear include:

  • A feeling of locking or popping in the shoulder joint
  • Pain when lifting items above your head
  • Decreased range of motion
  • Feeling of instability or sensation that the shoulder could pop out of socket
  • Overall weakness in the shoulder

If you are suffering from a labral tear, non-surgical treatment may be sufficient. An orthopaedic surgeon may first recommend rest and anti-inflamatory medications to address the issue. However, if this course of action is unsuccessful, a larbum repair surgery could be the next step.

A tear in the labrum can be the result of an acute injury or gradual wear and tear. Whatever the cause, getting back your range of motion, without pain and discomfort, is the primary goal.

Athletes such as cheerleaders, often suffer from labral tears due to repetitive stress on the shoulder joint. Read what one patient had to say about her experience with labrum repair surgery:

“As a competitive cheerleader, the demands my body experiences are great. I needed a labrum repair in both of my shoulders and Dr. Rabenold could not have been a better choice. He explained everything he did and got me back to competing ahead of schedule! I couldn’t be more thankful for his skill and the time he took with my family and I.”  — ANNA

If you think you might have a labral tear, make an appointment to see an orthopaedic surgeon. Getting the appropriate diagnosis is the first step in treating this injury.

Labrum repair surgery has a high success rate. Seeking out an orthopaedic surgeon that is fellowship trained in shoulder surgery is an important consideration to make. A shoulder and elbow specialist will have focused experience in this type of surgery.

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