by dr kalman piper
What Is A Slap Tear?
How Is A SLAP Tear Diagnosed?
What Is The Recovery Time From A SLAP Repair?
What Are The Risks Associated With SLAP Repair?
- Post operative shoulder pain
- Shoulder stiffness
- Most patients have a period of stiffness after SLAP repair, which improves with physiotherapy once it commences. Most patients will not notice and permanent loss of range of motion of the shoulder. Some elite level sportsmen involved in throwing sports such as baseball and water polo may have difficulty with full cocking of the shoulder during a throw.
- Recurrence of the tear
- A SLAP repair is never as strong as it was prior to the injury and tears can happen again. This usually occurs if the biceps anchor is strained before it has completely healed back to the bone.
- Biceps tendonitis
- A common source of pain after SLAP repair is inflammation within the biceps tendon. This will settle with time and may require an injection or anti-inflammatory medication. If there was pre-existing damage to the biceps tendon in association with the SLAP tear, it may go on to rupture completely.
- Loss of throwing strength and delay or inability to return to sports
- In general, it takes 6 months to return to sports, however full throwing strength can often take longer to recover (one year or longer).
- General Surgical Complications
- Infection – very rare with arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
- DVT – very rare with surgery of the upper limb.
- Allergic reactions to anaesthetic drugs or pain medications.
- Anaesthetic Complications – discuss with your anaesthetist.