What is Shoulder Stabilisation Surgery with Labral Repair?

Shoulder stabilisation surgery with labral repair involves reattaching tissue to the inside of the shoulder joint (glenoid) and removing worn edges or loose sections of tissue from the shoulder.

The surgery is also known as arthroscopic labral repair.

Self Pay Surgery Costs for Shoulder Stabilisation with Labral Repair in Australia

Shoulder stabilisation Surgery With Labral Repair wait time in public hospitals in Australia

Public Wait Time can be up to

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The Public health system in Australia has a waiting period for Orthopaedic Surgeries - 90% of Patients waited this length of time for this procedure in the 2019/2020 calendar year.

Shoulder stabilisation Surgery With Labral Repair - who is it for?

Who Is Shoulder stabilisation Surgery With Labral Repair For?

This surgery is aimed at patients experiencing shoulder instability or dislocation as the result of a tear in the labrum, the section of cartilage inside the rim of the shoulder joint.

What are the benefits?

Repairing and reattaching torn labrum to the glenoid will prevent the head of the humerus from slipping out of the shoulder joint, thereby minimising the chances of the shoulder dislocating in the future. In addition, any associated pain, numbness, or sensations of the shoulder being out of place will be greatly reduced. The patient will be able to return to an active lifestyle and regular work duties over time thanks to a combination of surgery and rehabilitation.

What happens During Surgery?

You will be put under a general anaesthetic before surgery commences. 

The surgeon will make one or more incisions in your shoulder through which the arthroscope (small camera) will be inserted to examine the damage to the laberal previously picked up on an MRI scan. 

If the tears are minor, the surgeon will debride (remove frayed edges or loosened sections). For larger tears, the surgeon will reattach the labrum to the genoil (joint socket) by using sutures with the assistance of small anchors and screws.  

During the same operation the ligaments and capsule joint in the shoulder are also tightened or repaired to further stabilise the shoulder. 

Shoulder stabilisation with labral repair surgery usually takes between 90 and 120 minutes depending on the size of the tear.

How long Will I Stay in hospital?

Most patients stay one night in hospital following their surgery and can return home the next day.

What is my recovery time?

The majority of patients require a minimum of 6 months to make a solid recovery following the surgery. For some patients, a whole year is needed to regain complete function and range of movement.

Painkillers are administered post-surgery to ease pain. 

For the first 4-6 weeks post-surgery you will need to wear a sling to protect your shoulder. You will be instructed to perform certain movements and avoid others. 

Most patients are able to perform light office duties a few weeks following surgery.

Rehabilitation with your physiotherapist will begin around 6 weeks post surgery after your sling has been removed. It will focus on control and range of movement exercises. You can begin driving again at this stage.    

Strengthening and functional exercises will continue until 6 months after surgery. The patient may now be able to do intensive manual labour and contact sports.  

SURGERY - criteria

Do you qualify for This Self Pay Procedure?

You are suitable for this surgery if:

  • You are over 16 years of age
  • You are not pregnant
  • You do not require complex rehabilitation or have a chronic disease that would require immediate post-operative care in an intensive care unit
  • You do not have sickle cell anaemia, renal failure or have had a cardiac arrest or cardiac intervention (e.g. insertions of stents) in the last six months
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