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Shoulder Joint Surgery: SLAP Repair


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Surgery on the shoulder joint can be done to repair a SLAP lesion (tear in the labrum). This surgery may be done using arthroscopic surgery (surgery through very small incisions) or with traditional open surgery. Your surgeon will decide which method is best for you.

  Preparing for Surgery

 Tell your doctor what prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbs, or supplements you take. This includes anti-inflammatory medications, such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Ask whether you should stop taking any of these before surgery.

 Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery. Your stomach must be empty when you receive anesthesia.

 Bring any x-rays, forms, or scans your doctor needs with you to the hospital.

 Arrange for an adult friend or family member to give you a ride home.

During Surgery

During surgery, your surgeon will closely examine the labrum and biceps tendon. One or more repairs may be done:

 The labrum may be reattached to the glenoid using surgical anchors or sutures.

 Any other damage to the shoulder may be repaired. This includes tightening the capsule (sheet of tough fibers that surrounds the glenoid and humerus).

Possible Risks and Complications of Shoulder Surgery


 Damage to nerves or blood vessels

 Excessive loss of shoulder flexibility

 Recurrence of instability


Contact Wisconsin River Orthopaedic Institute at 715.201.3624 for your orthopaedic needs. For your convenience, you can fill out our online Request an Appointment form to book your consultation.

Wisconsin River Orthopaedics
140 24th Street South
Wisconsin Rapids, WI 54494
Phone: 715-201-3624
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