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Dr. Pradyumna R carefully evaluate your conditions and symptoms associated to your shoulder pain or shoulder injuries, based on the diagnostic report and scan he would suggest if so, you are a candidate for SLAP Repair procedure, he is an highly experienced shoulder treatment specialist provides diagnosis as well as surgical and nonsurgical treatment options at Bangalore Orthopaedic Clinic, in BTM Layout, Bangalore.

If you have any queries or would like to schedule an appointment for SLAP repair or shoulder pain or shoulder injury treatment consultation please call +919113025188.

A SLAP Tear (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) is a condition affecting the front of the shoulder. A SLAP tear can occur from trauma or overuse, falling on an outstretched arm, it affects athletes involved in sports that require repetitive overhead activities and people often experience this condition after a car accident.

The condition occurs most often in athletes, especially those involved in sports that require repetitive overhead activities such as baseball, tennis, soccer, golf, swimming and volleyball.

A torn labrum can also develop in patients over 40 years old or with damage to the rotator cuff.

SLAP lesions are often a cause of shoulder pain, especially when lifting overhead and doing activities that require taking weight off the affected side.

Pain may radiate down the outside of your upper arm and even into the lateral aspect of your elbow. It is associated with diminished strength, loss of velocity or control in throwers, decreased endurance during activities as well as instability and “true dislocation” of the joint.

Your physician will examine your shoulder as well as your range of motion to assess if SLAP repair is necessary. You might be given an MRI or CT scan to analyse your muscles, tendons, and bones prior to the procedure.
The surgical method most commonly used by orthopaedic surgeons and sports medicine physicians to treat a SLAP tear is arthroscopy. The arthroscopic technique involves inserting a tiny camera into the shoulder joint, and the surgeon uses this to look around the joint, removing any damaged tissue from the labrum.

The torn labrum is then repaired with sutures, or stitches, and reattached to the humerus bone, while the biceps tendon is detached from the labrum, allowing for faster recovery time.

Following surgery you will be instructed to wear your sling for the first three weeks and then gradually start moving the shoulder within its joint range.

You may need physical therapy later in order to regain full strength of your shoulder back to its old glory.

While taking pain medications and applying ice packs to control swelling and pain, physical therapy can help regain motion and strength after surgery.

You should avoid driving until your physician clears you to do so, which could take up to a few weeks.

After consultation with your surgeon and physical therapist, you can gradually return to sports activities.

As with any other surgery, there are risks and possible complications. These include:
  • Infection
  • Shoulder stiffness
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Damage to blood vessels and nerves in your shoulder joint.
  • Recurring shoulder instability
This surgery is effective when a torn labrum is the only problem with your shoulder.

A SLAP repair restores the normal anatomy of the shoulder by reattaching the labrum in its normal position.

Once healed, the SLAP repair allows normal function of the previously damaged labrum and biceps attachment.

For more information on SLAP tears, or tears of the shoulder labrum or other shoulder pain or shoulder injury treatment options available, please call +919113025188. Dr. Pradyumna R, Orthopaedic shoulder specialist serving BTM Layout, Bangalore City.