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Recurring SLAP Tears 4 years, 4 months ago #18305

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I have been trying to find out what the rate of recurrence is for SLAP tears. I am a 35 y/o male who has had 2 repairs to the R shoulder since 2002. The first 2 repairs were within about 3 years of each other. I am now awaiting an appt with my orthopedic surgeon for what will most likely be a third. My previous 2 have been full bucket handle tears. I have completed all rehab/strengthening after each surgery. I can't think of anything I could being doing to cause recurrence. No crazy behavior, unless 3 kids count. What questions should i be asking the OS? Are there any procedures I should be investigating? I want this to be the last repair, due to arthritis from the previous injuries. I don't want to be a 40 yr old guy with a metal shoulder.

Thanks in advance for any insight you all can provide.

Re:Recurring SLAP Tears 4 years, 4 months ago #18316

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Do you have the answer to the why yet? I'd start there. Are these new tears or is it hardware failure?

Re:Recurring SLAP Tears 4 years, 4 months ago #18323

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The doctor hasn't given me a good answer on that. From what he has explained, they are new tears, and there was no hardware failure involved.

Re:Recurring SLAP Tears 4 years, 4 months ago #18333

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Please read the post on tenodesis. Failed or recurrent SLAP tears
should consider a tenodesis, but you should understand whether the second tear was in the same or new area.

I suppose some people have genetics that are not favorable for the labrum repair to heal well. I would not consider another surgery without having PRP injections during the surgery and perhaps it is time to consider a new OS. Could there be a problem
with his surgical technique or post-op protocol. Again tenodesis
should prevent any need for failed or further surgery.
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