Arthroscopic Labral Repair
Shoulder arthroscopy with a labral repair is the term used to describe surgery done for patients with a torn labrum or SLAP tear. The labrum is cartilage that lines the rim of the glenoid (the socket of the shoulder joint). It acts to stabilize the ball (humeral head) of the shoulder within the joint. A common injury among throwing athletes, a torn labrum can be a source of significant pain and discomfort for patients. Patients often describe a clicking or popping sensation in the shoulder as well as a feeling of instability with a throwing motion. History of prior dislocation is also common in those with labrum injuries.