Labral and SLAP Injuries

Labral and SLAP Injuries Surgery in NYC

Treatment Options

While many labral tears can be treated by managing pain symptoms and undergoing physical therapy, some cases require surgical treatment including labral repair surgery and SLAP lesion surgery.

Labral Repair Surgery

Labral repair surgery in NYC aims to repair unstable shoulders with staples, anchors or sutures. The procedure is usually performed through arthroscopy, which allows the doctor to view the tear through a small camera and perform the procedure through tiny incisions. Larger tears may require an open procedure. Labral repair surgery is usually effective in treating labral tears and restoring full movement and strength. Recovery time depends on the type of procedure but usually takes several months.

SLAP Lesion Surgery

Surgery for SLAP lesions in NYC is performed on an outpatient basis and takes about 90 minutes. These procedures can usually be performed arthroscopically through several small incisions, into which a camera and tiny surgical instruments are inserted. Physical therapy may be required for six to 12 weeks after surgery to ensure that the joint heals properly.

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Symptoms of Labral and SLAP Injuries

The socket of the shoulder, or glenoid, is surrounded with a layer of fibrous tissue called the labrum that cushions and deepens the socket to help stabilize the joint. Traumatic injuries and repetitive overhead shoulder movements can tear the labrum, leading to pain, limited motion, instability and weakness in the joint.

Symptoms of labral and SLAP injuries can include shoulder pain and a popping or clicking sensation when the shoulder is moved, as well as rotator cuff weakness.

Types of Labral and SLAP Injuries

There are several types of labral and SLAP injuries.

SLAP Lesion

One of the most common labral injuries, a SLAP lesion is a tear where the biceps tendon meets the glenoid.

Bankart Lesion

An injury where the labrum pulls off the front of the shoulder socket. This happens most often when the shoulder dislocates. If a Bankart tear doesn’t heal properly it can facilitate future dislocations, instability, weakness and pain.