Tears of the labrum or labral tears may result from injury, sports activities, trauma, or overuse, causing pain, discomfort, weakness, and a grinding or sticking sensation in the shoulder socket. When traditional non-surgical measures fail to relieve pain, then labrum repair surgery may be considered.
Treatment options for labrum tears often depend on the type and severity of the injury. Dr. Goldberg uses a minimally invasive approach to labrum repair surgery called arthroscopy. During an arthroscopic labrum repair surgery, the torn labrum is reattached to the rim of the bone using an arthroscope and surgical instruments. This type of labrum repair surgery is often preferred to more invasive surgeries because it only requires small incisions, and patients can return home the same day.
Arthroscopic labrum repair surgery is typically performed under general anesthesia and in an outpatient setting. Patients can often return home the same day. The arm may be immobilized in a sling for up to six weeks. Some pain, discomfort, and limited mobility should be expected for a few weeks after surgery. Antibiotics may be required to prevent infection, and pain can be controlled with ice, anti-inflammatories, or painkillers. Patients can expect to experience better mobility and maneuverability in the shoulder a few months after the procedure.
Recovery after surgery often depends on the size and location of the tear and the patient’s overall health. Participation in physical therapy is necessary to help strengthen and restore the shoulder’s mobility. Dr. Goldberg’s practice recommends an accelerated rehab protocol that encourages patients to perform specific exercises the first day after surgery and start physical therapy within a week of their operation. The results have proven that after implementing the accelerated rehab protocol, patients return more quickly to their daily activities and feel more confident about their strength and mobility compared to conventional rehabilitation protocols.
If you or a loved one have been experiencing shoulder pain, contact the office of Dr. Goldberg. He can provide an assessment and determine the best treatment options for you. Dr. Goldberg is one of the most experienced surgeons in the Southwest Florida area. He regularly trains other orthopedic surgeons across the country on how to perform the arthroscopic labrum repair surgery. Schedule an appointment today!