Shoulder Labrum Repair and Reconstruction Surgeon

Are you an athlete who participates in sports that involve throwing overhead? If so, you may be at risk of developing a shoulder labrum tear. A labral tear in the shoulder is a common injury from the degeneration of the labrum from overuse. Labral tears can also be caused by a fall on an outstretched hand or from a shoulder dislocation. Shoulder labrum surgeon, Doctor Riley J. Williams provides diagnosis as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment options for patients in Manhattan and New York City, NY who have sustained an ACL injury. Contact Dr. Williams’ team today!

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What is shoulder labrum repair or labral reconstruction?

The glenoid labrum is one of the primary stabilizers of the shoulder joint. The labrum keeps the humeral head from dislocating from the glenoid fossa or socket. The labrum can be traumatically injured (dislocation, fall on outstretched arm) or from repeated use (throwing, swimming).

Labral repair is a surgical technique performed on the shoulder to treat labral tears. This procedure is performed arthroscopically. However, severe injuries to the labrum can require an open surgical approach. The goal of labrum repair is the restoration of labrum integrity and function. In most cases, the labrum is torn away from the bony portion of the glenoid socket. Repair of the labrum back to its native bony insertion is the goal of this procedure. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in performing shoulder labrum repairs and other shoulder procedures.

What is shoulder labrum repair or labral reconstruction?

The glenoid labrum is one of the primary stabilizers of the shoulder joint. The labrum keeps the humeral head from dislocating from the glenoid fossa or socket. The labrum can be traumatically injured (dislocation, fall on outstretched arm) or from repeated use (throwing, swimming).

Labral repair is a surgical technique performed on the shoulder to treat labral tears. This procedure is performed arthroscopically. However, severe injuries to the labrum can require an open surgical approach. The goal of labrum repair is the restoration of labrum integrity and function. In most cases, the labrum is torn away from the bony portion of the glenoid socket. Repair of the labrum back to its native bony insertion is the goal of this procedure. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon, serving Manhattan, New York City, and the surrounding New York boroughs, has extensive experience in performing shoulder labrum repairs and other shoulder procedures.

How is a shoulder labrum repair performed?

Shoulder labrum repair is an arthroscopic minimally invasive procedure that is performed on an outpatient basis. Light sedation and regional anesthesia is used for this surgery. The goal of surgery is the reattachment of the labrum to the bony glenoid socket. Specialized devices (anchors) are used to secure the labrum back to its native location. More severe labral injuries may require open surgery, which utilizes a larger single incision in the shoulder. Open surgery for labrum repair is rare but sometimes necessary for a successful outcome. Dr. Williams will discuss how the labrum will be repaired with the patient prior to surgery.

What are the risks?

Complications from shoulder surgery are rare. Postoperative issues such as bleeding, infection or persistent numbness may occur following labrum repair. Stiffness can also occur if the patient does not actively participate in the postoperative exercise regimen and rehabilitation.

How long does it take to recover?

Labrum repair patients go home the same day as their surgery. A sling is worn for the first 7 days following surgery; the sling is recommended for outdoor activities for another week.  A return to work is possible within 1-2 weeks after surgery; light movement commences immediately following surgery. Physical therapy typically lasts approximately 8 weeks. A full recovery can take approximately 3-4 months.

For additional resources on shoulder labrum repair, labral reconstruction or to have your shoulder pain evaluated, please contact the office of Dr. Riley J. Williams, orthopedic shoulder surgeon serving Manhattan, New York and the surrounding New York Boroughs.