The repair of a detached labrum is a type of orthopaedic surgery used to
correct a shoulder or hip instability. The labrum is a type of cartilage
within the shoulder joint and hip joint. It is a particularly rigid type
of cartilage that is located around the socket. Generally, before an
orthopaedic surgeon recommends a surgical repair of a detached labrum, patients are advised
to rest the joint, take anti-inflammatory medications, and try physical
therapy. If symptoms are still bothersome, the orthopaedic surgeon may
recommend surgical repair.
Identifying a Detached Labrum
There are many orthopaedic problems that can involve the shoulder. To identify
whether a detached labrum may be the cause, an orthopaedic doctor may
consider symptoms such as pain with overhead activities, popping or grinding
noises, decreased range of motion, and loss of strength. Additionally,
many patients report that the shoulder feels unstable. These symptoms
can occur when the shoulder joint is subjected to physical trauma, such
There are a few surgical approaches available to the orthopaedic surgeon,
depending on the specific nature of the injury. First, the doctor may
request imaging tests such as a computed tomography (CT) scan or magnetic
resonance imaging (MRI) scan. However, evaluating the true extent of the
damage usually requires arthroscopic surgery. The surgeon will evaluate
whether the injury is a SLAP lesion, which is a tear on the rim just above
the middle part of the socket. This tear may also involve the biceps tendon.
Other types of tears include tears of the glenoid rim and Bankart lesions.
Repair the Damage
If the injury does not involve the biceps tendon and the shoulder is still
stable, the orthopaedic surgeon can remove the flap that has been torn.
If the tendon is detached or torn, the surgeon will have to
repair the tendon and reattach it. To accomplish this, he or she may use absorbable sutures or wires.
At MK Orthopaedics, our highly trained team regularly performs
complex procedures such as detached labrum repair, SLAP lesion repair, and Bankart repair.
Patients also consult our orthopaedic surgeon regarding procedures such
as hip replacement surgery. You can schedule a consultation with our orthopaedic
doctor in Joliet by calling (815) 741-6900.