Labrum surgery is aimed at repairing tears in the labrum of the shoulder. The labrum is the soft tissue around the shoulder to stabilize the joints. Tears in this tissue can cause instability and tension on the joints.
What is it?
Labrum surgery is a surgery performed to repair the torn labrum in the shoulder. It is meant to reattach the torn labrum to the socket of the shoulder. Tears in the labrum may be the result of trauma or injury.
What should I do to prepare?
You should consult with your doctor to determine the best-individualized plan to prepare for surgery. You may be advised to move the affected area as little as possible in order to prevent further injuries or tears. If you need to undergo general anesthesia during your procedure, you should refrain from eating or drinking the night prior to surgery and refrain from taking certain medications.
What happens during the process?
This procedure can be done two different ways. It can first be done arthroscopically using a small incision and an arthroscope in order to determine the severity of the tear. If the tear is not severe and the area is stable, the damaged area can be repaired this way. The other way this surgery can be performed is more invasive, it is a Bankart (labral) repair done through an open incision. This incision is larger than if the procedure were done arthroscopically, but it may be necessary in order to remove the torn flap and correct any other significant problems.
What are the risks and potential complications?
Labrum surgery poses the risks and complications of pain, infection, bleeding, inflammation, and nerve damage after the surgery. If you experience any of these symptoms, it is best to contact your doctor.
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