The labrum is the protective cuff of cartilage found in ball and socket joints such as the shoulder. They provide increased stability, cushioning and full range of motion for shallow joints. A tear in the labrum, known as a labral tear, is caused by injury or overuse and can lead to pain and “catching” of the joint while moving.
Labral repair surgery aims to repair unstable shoulders with staples, anchors or sutures. The procedure is usually performed through arthroscopy, which allows the surgeon to view the tear through a small camera and perform the procedure through tiny incisions. Labral repair surgery is usually effective in treating labral tears and restoring full movement and strength.