Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery - Labrum Tear

#1
Hi there,
Has anyone had this specific injury? And the surgical repair? I had surgery in November and I’ve been very diligent about following the surgeon’s instructions; also, I’ve been conscientious about PT and doing my exercises everyday. It is my non-dominant shoulder, I’m right handed. The surgeon said that in a few weeks I can start hitting balls right arm only, ground strokes and volleys.
Can someone explain how it all worked out for them post-surgery? I have a two handed backhand ground stroke, guess it’ll be a bit longer for me to get back to that.

Thanks!
 
#2
I had the surgery in 2011 on my right shoulder. Dominant arm. I started ground strokes about 4 months later with no ill effects. I waited till the 5th month to hit easy overheads as that’s the motion that caused my tear. Took about a 8-12 months for my shoulder to feel normal.


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#3
I had the surgery in 2011 on my right shoulder. Dominant arm. I started ground strokes about 4 months later with no ill effects. I waited till the 5th month to hit easy overheads as that’s the motion that caused my tear. Took about a 8-12 months for my shoulder to feel normal.


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Thanks for telling me your experience. Did you do a lot of PT? For how long did you continue the prescribed rehab exercises? Do you still do them? I think my upper back muscles and those that sit on top of the shoulder blades are pretty weak. Honestly, I don’t think they’ve ever been all that strong. I’m a girl.
 
#4
I had a labrum tear in my dominant hitting arm with an arthroscopic procedure 10 years ago. There was no hardware put in my shoulder. The surgeon just shaved some of tissue that was torn. I starting hitting ground strokes about 3.5 months later and there was some pain. I did all PT exercises on my own. If I recall, the shoulder did not start feeling good until about 6-9 months after the surgery. I can honestly tell you that you can expect a good recovery if you rehab properly. However, the shoulder is never going to be the same. If you push too hard, your shoulder will let you know. If it’s not on your dominant arm that will be an advantage because serving puts a lot of torque on the shoulder.

Continue on working out to maintain flexibility and strength in both shoulders. Take it very easy coming back. Hope the advice helps.
 

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#5
Hi there,
Has anyone had this specific injury? And the surgical repair? I had surgery in November and I’ve been very diligent about following the surgeon’s instructions; also, I’ve been conscientious about PT and doing my exercises everyday. It is my non-dominant shoulder, I’m right handed. The surgeon said that in a few weeks I can start hitting balls right arm only, ground strokes and volleys.
Can someone explain how it all worked out for them post-surgery? I have a two handed backhand ground stroke, guess it’ll be a bit longer for me to get back to that.

Thanks!
I had a Labrum tear repaired almost 10 years ago. Labrum was frayed and torn off the bone - they cleaned it up and reattached it using 3 anchors, did a sub-acromial decompression to remove bone spurs on the underside of my acromion that were the likely cause of the labrum damage. First 6 months were hell - very hard and painful physical therapy. I was back to light hitting by 8 months and serving by 12, but I didn't feel normal or back to full strength until a year and a half. Now, 10 years later I have no issues - like it never happened. Follow the doc/PT plan to a T - no more, no less. Good luck!
 
#6
Thanks for telling me your experience. Did you do a lot of PT? For how long did you continue the prescribed rehab exercises? Do you still do them? I think my upper back muscles and those that sit on top of the shoulder blades are pretty weak. Honestly, I don’t think they’ve ever been all that strong. I’m a girl.
Yes. I did do a lot of pt as prescribed. Definitely helped!


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#7
10 years ago, I had my 2nd surgery because I tore my posterior labrum. Here's what went down in my surgery:
- Partially torn my supraspinatus (2nd time)
- SAD (2nd time)
- Posterior labrum repair (new injury at the time)

I think I was fortunate that my labrum tear was in a good spot, and was repairable. After that, I did PT like it was the bible, was hitting light groundies 4 months post-op.

Like many other stated, serving was an entirely different beast. I couldn't serve a set for the first year. Playing a full match was pure agony all the way until the 2nd year because of the serves.

I want to say 3rd year and on, my shoulder felt like a normal 100% shoulder. Yes, I'm still doing some maintenance exercises and it's 100%.

If your labrum was simply trimmed/shaved off, your recovery should be a lot quicker and with less setback. But, if you can preserve as much labrum as possible, and you allow the body to actually heal the tear, you're looking at a much longer recovery time. Definitely more frustrating and agonizing. But in the long run, I think it's worth it. Because you're preserving the tissue and overall structure of the shoulder.
 
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