Best NYC Orthopedic Shoulder Surgeons for Labral Tears Repair Surgery

A labral tear of the shoulder refers to a tear of the cartilage in the shoulder that surrounds the shoulder socket and helps to make the shoulder pocket deeper. Athletes tend to get this injury due to direct traumatic acute injury (a hit or a fall) or it can be a part of a repetitive overuse of the shoulder. Shoulder labral tears are a very common sports injury and one of the main reasons that athletes seek our NYC orthopedic shoulder surgery specialists and sports medicine specialistsA shoulder labral tear can also be due to wear and tear (as part of the aging and process and occurs more commonly in men). 

Please note: A doctor’s referral is NOT necessary from a General Practitioner to see our sports medicine or orthopedic surgery specialists for a consultation, 2nd opinion, or for treatment at our orthopedic practice –  including labral tear repair surgery.

We offer full out of network insurance benefits (we will contact your insurance company and submit for you). You will enjoy the luxury and benefit of academic medicine in a top rated concierge environment without the hassle of long hospital waiting room times and paperwork. Most policies reimburse patients for most of the cost of surgery. Our surgical coordinator will help you with a quote

Shoulder labral tears cause recurrent shoulder pain. Everyone with this injury presents with varying symptoms. This condition is actually difficult to diagnosis because symptoms are quite similar to other shoulder injuries such as rotator cuff injureries, biceps tears, and shoulder instability.  Because of the difficult diagnosis,  it is necessary for the orthopedic surgeons to perform an MRI arthrogram. With this particular type of MRI, fluid is placed in the shoulder by the radiologist first and then the MRI scan is taken with the dye in place (this is a painless procedure). This type of MRI allows the fluid to leak underneath the labrum (between the glenoid and the labral tissue) and allows it to be better visualized on the imaging studies and therefore allows a precise diagnosis.

According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS), there are 2 types of dislocations: partial and complete. Both partial and complete dislocation cause pain and unsteadiness in the shoulder:

  • A partial dislocation (subluxation) means the head of the upper arm bone (humerus) is partially out of the socket (glenoid). The labrum may or may not be injured in this situation.
  • A complete dislocation means it is all the way out of the socket.

Symptoms of a dislocated shoulder can include:

  • Pain
  • Swelling
  • Numbness
  • Weakness
  • Bruising
  • The injury may cause muscle spasms, causing more pain.

The most common direction of shoulder dislocation occurs when the shoulder slips forward (anterior instability). This means the upper arm bone moved forward and down out of its joint. When the shoulder dislocates more than once, it is known as shoulder instability.

Symptoms of a labral tear may include:

  • Aching in the shoulder joint
  • Catching of the shoulder

Arthroscopic surgery is the best orthopedic surgical option for a shoulder labral tear.

The primary goal of the surgery is alleviate the pain within your shoulder and make it stronger and more stable than prior to the injury. This is achieved by reattaching the torn labral back to the bone.

During arthroscopic surgery the NYC orthopedic surgeon examines the labrum and the biceps tendon. If the damage is confined to the labrum without involving the tendon, then the torn flap of the labrum will be removed. In cases where the tendon is also involved or if there is detachment of the tendon. Absorable sutures will be used to repair and reattach the tendon.

If you are an out of town patient seeking our orthopedic surgeon’s best in class sports medicine diagnostic and surgery services for shoulder labral tear repair, please review the following link for travel information to our New York practice: Out of town travel information

Our orthopedic surgeons pride ourselves with providing you highly personalized and comprehensive orthopedic care including Shoulder Labra Repair surgery. Our philosophy of direct physician-to-patient care at every visit has made us one of the most trusted and respected practices on the Upper East Side in NYC. Feel free to contact us today, at any time, and start yourself on the road to recovery.

Dr. Jonathan Glashow, MD
737 Park Ave
# 1C
New York, NY 10021
(212) 794-5096