Labral repair involves securing torn labrum back to the rim of the glenoid (socket) using minimally invasive arthroscopic techniques. Arthroscopic labral repair is performed through small incisions around the shoulder called “portals". An arthroscopic camera is passed through one portal and small surgical tools are passed through other portals to perform the repair. The labrum is repaired with high-strength sutures attached to one or more small suture anchors placed in the bone.
Arthroscopic labral repair is an outpatient surgery. Patients go home the same day with a shoulder immobilizer sling. The sling is worn for 4-6 weeks, but may be removed for bathing and physical therapy. Most patients are allowed to return to their activities by 6 months after surgery.