Shoulder Stabilisation

The goal of shoulder stabilisation surgery is to identify where injury to the labrum has occured and if it is torn or has come away from the shoulder socket, and repair the tear and stabilise back in its normal position.

Goal of Surgery

Shoulder dislocation injury involves damage to the labrum of the shoulder, which is a ligamentous ring or bumper stopper designed to stabilise the ball on the socket of the shoulder.

The goal of shoulder stabilisation surgery is to identify where injury to the labrum has occured and if it is torn or has come away from the shoulder socket, and repair the tear and stabilise back in its normal position.

Pre-Surgical Planning

Dr Gupta will choose between a labral repair or a latarjet repair procedure according to your age and the activities important to you.

  • For most people, a simple soft tissue labral repair is enough to stabilise the shoulder and prevent re-injury
  • A latarjet procedure may be considered for those who wish to return to contact sports and who require additional shoulder stabilisation

Labral repair

This procedure is a useful surgical repair for those who have been diagnosed with SLAP tear, Bankart tear or Posterior Labral tear. The keyhole procedure involves visualising the tear, using small instruments to catch and sew up the tear, and an orthopaedic anchor to fix or stabilise the repaired labrum back to the socket of the shoulder.

Latarjet stabilisation

This procedure is reserved for those who have suffered boney loss due to a boney bankart tear during shoulder dislocation and in instances where the patient wishes to return to contact sports. The labrum is reinforced with a boney block taken from the coracoid process of the patient, which replaces lost bone and adds additional stability to the shoulder socket.

If you are suffering a shoulder dislocation and don't know what to do, Dr Gupta can offer advice or a second opinion if you are uncertain. Contact Dr Gupta on 02 9687 8344 or make and online booking here;

Surgical Scarring

If you undergo arthroscopic keyhole surgery you will see little to no scarring, versus if you undergo latarjet surgery where you may have a slight scar on the front of your shoulder. Dr Gupta is a specialist shoulder surgeon with a back ground in micro-surgery. You will have one of the best at your service to to manage the smallest scar possible, despite your condition.

Post Surgery

You should expect the following after surgery;

  • Drowsiness, pain and a swollen shoulder
  • Decreasing pain over 6 weeks after the operation
  • You will see Dr Gupta again about 2 weeks after your operation
  • You will be in a sling for 6 weeks
  • You should complete rehab with a Physiotherapist following Dr Gupta's Post-Op Shoulder Stabilisation Protocol
  • You will see Dr Gupta again about 3 months after your operation

Dr Gupta has a proven track record of successful surgical outcome and will talk to you further about your condition at your initial consultation. To book an appointment with Dr Gupta, call 02 9687 8344 or make a priority booking online here.