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Other Shoulder Treatments and Surgeries

The shoulder is a complicated joint with many components. When it's injured, HonorHealth's team can help it return to a better range of motion. Your primary care physician and HonorHealth specialists will carefully discuss your treatment options with you.

Request a referral to an orthopedic shoulder specialist.

Some of the shoulder surgeries you might be considering include:

  • Diagnostic arthroscopic shoulder surgery: The surgeon makes small incisions into the skin around the shoulder joint and inserts a tiny video camera to determine the precise location and severity of damage to the shoulder joint.
  • Bankart repair of the shoulder: Using sutures and anchors, the labrum (a ring of cartilage) is reattached to the glenoid (the socket in the shoulder blade). Bankart repair also can repair the capsule that surrounds the shoulder joint.
  • Capsular shift of the shoulder: Ligaments of the shoulder are re-tightened. This involves identifying stretched ligaments and "pleating" them, or folding them inwardly. Nearby healthy ligament tissue is stitched together with sutures.
  • Labrum surgery of the shoulder: The labrum is reattached to the glenoid cavity by implanting anchors into the bone and affixing the labrum in place with sutures.
  • SLAP repair of the shoulder: A hole is drilled in the bone where the labrum is torn (SLAP lesion), and an anchor is inserted into the hole. A suture is then used to tie the torn labrum back to the bone. SLAP repair is an abbreviation for "superior labrum anterior and posterior" repair.
  • Torn labrum trimming: A surgical instrument called a shaver blade is used to remove frayed tissue.
  • Loose body removal: A surgical instrument called a "grasper" collects and removes pieces of torn/loose tissue that float around the shoulder joint, and in turn cause irritation, pain, swelling and locking.
  • Treatment for synovial shoulder problems: A synovectomy allows the surgeon to trim away the inflamed part of the synovium usually caused by infection, trauma or rheumatoid arthritis.

Request a referral to an orthopedic shoulder specialist.