The treatment of SLAP and labral tears lesions depends on several factors, some of which include the nature of the lesion, the amount of debility, the duration of symptoms, associated injuries and the functional expectations, age and health of the patient. Sometimes, surgery is required to help you regain good, pain free function, and long-term shoulder health.
In patients experiencing pain, but no mechanical symptoms, a trial of non-operative treatment is often performed initially. This usually includes anti-inflammatory medications, a course of physical therapy, and possibly a cortisone injection.
Surgery for SLAP lesions involves either reattaching the labrum back to its position, and/or detaching the biceps tendon to relieve the traction effect on the labrum. Arthroscopy has revolutionized our ability to visualize and inspect these deep lesion, without causing undue damage to normal external anatomy.
At Oceana Sports Medicine and Orthopaedic Center, Dr Aboka performs minimally invasive, all-arthroscopic treatment for labral and SLAP tears through keyhole incisions. This cutting-edge technique allows for thorough inspection of the shoulder joint, and facilitates identification and treatment of other painful conditions that may be present, ensuring return to good shoulder function. This procedure is outpatient/same-day surgery, and leads to less pain and scarring and quicker recovery.