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Shoulder Labral Repair

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Evolution of Shoulder Labral Repair

The treatment of choice for labral tears is direct repair of the labrum back to the glenoid. This repair restores the soft-tissue buttress to anterior and/or posterior translation of the humeral head on the glenoid. Effective labral repair first requires mobilization of the labrum off of the glenoid. Once mobilized, labrum and surrounding capsule are sutured together into a soft-tissue bumper to repair the area of damage. By including capsule into the repair, surgeons can create a larger barrier to translation or dislocation, and prevent further instability events.

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