Do I need surgery for a torn shoulder labrum?
Whether or not a labral tear needs to be repaired surgically depends on a number of factors including location or size of the tear, associated shoulder injuries, mechanism of injury, age of the patient, level of activity and type of activity the patient participates in, etc. In older patients it is common to see “degenerative tearing” of the labrum which is a normal consequence of aging and alone does not typically require treatment. In younger patients, larger tears, those associated with a dislocation, and tears that have not responded to non-operative management it is more common to require operative intervention. Athletes who want to continue to participate in overhead sports or throwing sports typically will choose surgery as a repair option.
Patients in Asheville, Arden, Fletcher, Hendersonville, and surrounding North Carolina communities have the option of arthroscopic surgery from Dr. Robert Boykin, shoulder surgeon. Arthroscopic surgery is also called minimally invasive surgery and is performed with a small camera and small instruments used to treat injuries of the shoulder in a minimally invasive manner.