Dr. Carl Scott Humphrey at the Humphrey Shoulder Clinic in Boise is a highly experienced orthopedic surgeon specializing in labral repair surgery. He offers state-of-the-art treatments for various shoulder conditions and injuries, including labral tears.
Dr. Humphrey uses advanced techniques to ensure the successful repair of the torn labrum. His team also employs post-operative rehabilitation protocols to maximize recovery and speed healing time. With an impressive track record of successful surgeries, excellent patient outcomes, and personalized care plans tailored to each individual's needs, Dr. Humphrey has established himself as one of the top shoulder specialists in the region.
Labral repair surgery is a procedure used to reverse any damage done to the labrum, or cartilage, in the shoulder joint. The labrum is a type of cartilage that serves as a ring of soft tissue that surrounds the shoulder socket (glenoid bone). It deepens the glenoid so the ball joint stays in its proper place.
Labral Repair Surgery is often performed in one of three areas:
Labrum repairs can be considered major surgery because they involve both articular and soft tissue damage, which a surgeon may need to repair for full recovery and stability within the shoulder joint. However, these procedures are usually done arthroscopically, and the patients almost always go home the same day.
It is very common for a shoulder dislocation or subluxation to result in labral tears. These tears can range from complete detachment from the bone to small tears within the substance itself, or even more specifically in the area where the biceps tendon attaches to the upper end of the socket. Surgery may be needed to reattach the detached labrum and capsule back to the bone.
Labral repairs are almost always performed arthroscopically through a few small incisions. The exception is when there is bone loss of the glenoid. In such cases, an open repair may be necessary to rebuild the bone of the glenoid socket.
Labral tears can be difficult to identify but a diagnosis is usually made with an MRI or CT Scan. Additionally, Dr. Humphrey will always consider a patient's physical examination and history. For superior labral lesions (SLAP tears), patients may experience intermittent shoulder pain that is worse with activity and better with rest. Pain with overhead activity, such as throwing a ball, is typical for someone with a superior labral tear.
Tearing in the lower glenoid region, either in the front or back, often causes recurrent shoulder instability.
If surgery is necessary, Dr. Humphrey will provide detailed information about the procedure, including what to expect during recovery and how to prepare for it. The healing process for labral tears can take several weeks to a few months. Therefore, it is important to follow all post-operative instructions from your doctor to ensure proper healing and rehabilitation. Additionally, Dr. Humphrey can advise on strengthening exercises that may speed up the healing process or reduce the risk of future injury.
Are you looking for relief from shoulder pain? The Humphrey Shoulder Clinic offers comprehensive treatment options to help you get back to normal. Whether you have a shoulder condition that can be treated with non-operative care or one that requires surgery, we have the experience and expertise to assess your condition, develop a personalized treatment plan, and provide the support you need. Schedule an appointment online or call us at 208-639-4800 to start your journey to a healthier and more comfortable lifestyle.