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Old 11-07-2011, 12:09 PM   #1
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Shoulder Question

My surgeon said my labrum will need surgery. I was told it is intact but detached. What does that mean? I was going to ask him, but forgot because he is doing my knee surgery first then we will move to the shoulder. If anyone can tell me what that means will help til he gets to the shoulder.

 
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Re: Shoulder Question

So the ball and socket joint of the shoulder has a very large ball as compared to the socket. This is why the shoulder is capable of so much movement. Of course with so much movement comes the increased dangers of injury. The socket has evolved with a heavy duty extention around the socket which gives up to 50% more depth. This ring can be detached or torn and in the elderly comes degeneration. In your case the ring seems to have become detached somewhat but itself is in good shape. I suppose a bit like a rubber washer, it could get squished but could be reseated and would be fine. I suppose The surgeon will reseat the labrum sew it in place and with time and rehab you will I hope make a good recovery.
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Old 11-07-2011, 01:57 PM   #3
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Re: Shoulder Question

When we briefly talked about it, he showed me the MRI pics and showed me where it is now and where it is supposed to be normally. He said it would be six weeks of being fully immobilized in a sling due to having to put sutures in to hold it in place. I am hoping this wont be to bad. How is it sleeping at night? Is it easier to sleep in a recliner then a bed for most people? More or less how is this surgery compared to a slap tear or rotator cuff repair after surgery?

 
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