After a shoulder injury, especially after a dislocation, sometimes there is damage to the soft tissue bumper that surrounds the socket of the ball and socket joint. If that happens, the shoulder can become unstable and people can suffer from repeated episodes of slipping and of dislocations. That tissue can scar out of position and leave the shoulder painful and unstable. To fix that, we perform a shoulder arthroscopy and I would have you look in the other videos for shoulder arthroscopy for information on that, but we repair the labrum with a combination of stitches and absorbable screws to reattach this soft tissue bumper and restore the stability of the shoulder.
You can expect to be in a sling after surgery and we will begin physical therapy for a range of motion, but the therapist will guide you through the range of motion process so that you don’t put too much stress or strain on the newly repaired tissue. I will see you back in my office in two weeks and we will discuss further physical therapy and what happens next at that time.