Dislocation/Labrum Repair Surgery

What is labrum repair surgery?

The labrum is a type of cartilage that lines the shoulder socket (the glenoid) and the outside rim of the hip joint socket. In both cases, it helps to keep the ball of the joint securely in place.

A labral tear is when the labrum has detached from the shoulder or hip socket–this is also commonly known as a “dislocation.” Athletes are at a higher risk of developing these tears which must be repaired to relieve pain and/or restore function to the joint.

Labrum repair surgery

How is labrum repair surgery performed?

Depending on the extent of the tear, arthroscopic surgery may be performed to remove the torn piece of the labrum or repair the tissue by placing a plastic anchor through the labrum and into the bone.

Is labral repair surgery covered by insurance?

When considered medically necessary, labral repair surgery is covered by most health insurance and Medicare.

How quickly can I get back to my regular routine after labral repair surgery?

It requires approximately 6 to 8 weeks to recover from this surgery. It is important to limit the amount of stress on the joint during recovery. For hip labral repair, you will begin weight bearing progression starting 2 weeks after surgery.

Are there any side effects to labral repair surgery?

Complications of labral repair surgery can include infection, bleeding, damage to blood vessels or nerves and shoulder stiffness.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact West Coast Orthopedics today.

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