15 January 2018,

Labrum Arthroscopic Surgery

The labrum is a fibrous piece of tissue in the shoulder that helps to keep the joint in place. When the labrum is torn due to repetitive motion or sudden trauma to the shoulder, labrum arthroscopic surgery may be needed to relieve the symptoms. Symptoms can include:

  • – Pain, especially upon lifting your arm
  • – Reduced range of motion in the shoulder
  • – A clicking, catching or popping sensation with movement
  • – A sensation of looseness and/or weakness


If you are experiencing symptoms of a labral tear, you may be wondering whether you are a candidate for labrum arthroscopic surgery. The good news is that most patients recover from this injury without surgery. Non-surgical treatments such as physical therapy, rest and anti-inflammatory medication are generally effective at clearing up this condition. If these methods do not successfully heal your labral tear, however, then your orthopedic surgeon may recommend considering labrum arthroscopic surgery.

How Labrum Arthroscopic Surgery Is Used

Sometimes, a small labral tear may not respond well to non-surgical treatment. In these cases, labrum arthroscopic surgery can be performed to get rid of the labrum’s frayed edges and any loose pieces of tissue that may be getting stuck when you move your shoulder. Your orthopedic surgeon will insert a small camera called an arthroscope into your shoulder and use it to project a detailed image of the inside of your shoulder onto a monitor. This will allow the surgeon to see exactly what needs to be done in order to repair your labrum.

For larger, more severe tears, labrum arthroscopic surgery can be used to reattach the torn tissue and stabilize the joint so that the labrum can heal, all without the need to cut through the muscles as in traditional open surgery. This procedure is minimally invasive, so it typically has a much shorter recovery period than open surgery. This allows the patient to resume normal activities much sooner in most cases. Fortunately, labrum arthroscopic surgery has become advanced enough to treat most labral tears, so open surgery is rarely needed for this injury in the present day.

Discuss Your Shoulder Care with Dr. Soffer

Dr. Soffer specializes in arthroscopic surgery. If you are seeking treatment for a labral tear, trust Dr. Stephen R. Soffer to offer you compassionate and comprehensive care. As an orthopedic doctor with over 20 years of experience in performing labrum repair surgery, Dr. Soffer is consistently on the cutting edge of the latest arthroscopic procedures.

To make an appointment with Dr. Soffer, call our office at 610-375-4949. We look forward to helping you get back to doing what you love.

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