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Torn Labrum Trimming

Deer Valley Hospital
19829 N. 27th Ave.
Phoenix, Arizona 85027
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Phoenix, Arizona 85020
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The shoulder is often referred to as a "ball-and-socket" joint. The head of the humerus (upper arm bone) fits into an area of the shoulder blade called the glenoid socket, which is rather flat. To hold the humerus in the socket, the labrum serves as a rim of soft, fibrous tissue.

Over time, with gradual wear, the edge of the labrum can become frayed. While a torn labrum of the shoulder can be fairly common for persons over age 40, the condition rarely causes symptoms and usually does not require treatment. However, when a torn labrum is particularly severe — and a clicking sensation, pain and irritation in the shoulder become pronounced — surgery may be needed to remove, or trim, torn labrum tissue.

In torn labrum trimming, a surgical instrument called a shaver blade can remove frayed tissue. Because the interior of the shoulder is difficult to access, the procedure is typically performed arthroscopically (with a microscopic camera).

The orthopedics departments of John C. Lincoln Hospitals hope you find this introduction to torn labrum trimming informative and helpful.