Ask an Orthopedic Surgeon in Phoenix: What Orthopedic Issues Can Require Surgery?
Rotator Cuff Injuries
A SLAP tear, or Superior Labrum Anterior to Posterior tear, affects the upper part of the labrum, a cartilage ring that encircles the socket of the shoulder joint. This type of tear commonly occurs due to repetitive overhead motions or traumatic events. SLAP tears can cause pain, instability, and decreased shoulder function.
Arthroscopic repair is often recommended when non-surgical treatments prove ineffective, or when the tear impairs the patient’s quality of life. After an arthroscopic operation, patients experience reduced pain and speedy healing, making it a great choice for addressing SLAP tears. An evaluation by our team is crucial to determine the appropriate treatment plan based on the specific characteristics of the tear and the patient’s needs.