Arthroscopic Surgery / The Shoulder
The labrum is a soft ring of cartilage that surrounds the shoulder socket (glenoid). The shoulder labrum is an anchor for the ligaments that hold the bones together in the joint. A labral tear may occur due to injury, overuse or when the shoulder dislocates (comes out of the socket). Two types of labral tears include the SLAP lesion (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior) and Bankart tears.
Patients with a labral tear may experience pain and catching in the shoulder. Labral surgery may be indicated in patients with persistent symptoms who fail a course of exercise and other conservative measures.