What is a labrum?
The labrum is a rim of cartilage surrounding the rim of the shoulder joint. The labrum deepens the shoulder socket and provides extra stability to the joint.
How is the labrum injured?
There are multiple mechanisms for labral injury. Most common injury is from a dislocation or overuse injury from an overhead throwing sport.
How will my labrum be repaired?
A labral repair is done arthroscopically, which means that the joint is visualized with a small camera and repaired through three small portals. The portion of the labrum detached from the bone will be re-attached with sutures and reinforced with small anchors into the bone.
How long will I stay in the hospital?
This surgery is typically done as ambulatory surgery, meaning you will go home the same day of surgery.
What are the possible risks and complications of surgery?
As with any surgery there is a risk of nerve damage and postoperative infection. Specific risks and complications include but aren’t limited to re-tear and post-op stiffness.
When can I drive?
You may not drive while taking pain medication or while wearing a sling.
When will I return to my prior level of function?
Typically, a 4-6 month period of rehabilitation is required for full function to return. Working hard in physical therapy, and strictly following the exercise program may shorten this process.
When can I start to run or return to sports?
Running is not recommended for the first 3 months after surgery. Running does produce stress on the shoulder joint, and will be detrimental to the healing process. You can ride a recumbent bike a couple weeks after surgery and after a few months you can progress to Elliptical machine without arm motions. Return to sport will be based on your progress with physical therapy and sport of choice. You can expect to return to full strength in six months.