College Sophmore Labrum Surgery

Our son, RHP, had labrum surgery Nov. 23. Doc was very pleased with results. On top of labrum was a very clean tear with some fraying on the front and back side. There is a buffer, if you will, at the top of the labrum but his was rolled back. He used 1 anchor to form that buffer again with the capsule and 3 other anchors were used to complete the job. His rotator cuff was very healthy along with his capsule. Doc gave him a very good prognosis. Here's praying for a healthy recovery and positive outcomes. Anyone who has gone through this are welcome to enlighten us with their journey. 

Thanks 

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Hey Hunter, hope things turn out well.  There have been lots of threads on labrum injuries you can search on HSBBW.  There seems to be several varieties and severity levels.  We have dealt with multiple versions just with our HS program the last few years.  Results of surgery vary.  One constant seems to be the importance of following PT to the letter and not rushing back for best results.  

My son is a 2018 infielder who tore the labrum in his non-throwing shoulder on a diving play in August.  No surgery needed but he is out until January just to play it safe and get through PT.  He missed all of Fall but should be back to 100% soon.  Just showing that even without surgery PT is extremely important and he will be out a total of 4 months.

Take your time, and best of luck!

Update on Labrum. Son is 11 months post surgery and yesterday he threw to live hitters. He says arm feels great and very strong. He followed his rehab religiously and never had any setbacks. He is still following his throwing program but should be completed in the next 2 weeks. Thereafter he will take a 3 week break and should be ready to roll this winter and prepare for his spring season. His perseverance and hard work is paying off  but knows there is still work ahead. We are exciting to see how things go in the spring. Blessed

9and7dad posted:

That's great news Hunter.  If you don't mind, what were the symptoms leading to the diagnosis and ultimately surgery?  Was it general shoulder soreness or was there an event that specifically caused the issue? 

He had continued bicep tendonitis which started his junior year of HS. He would rehab for a few weeks and 6 months later the tendonitis would return. Each time we had MRI's done but nothing conclusive. His freshman year in college the tendinitis reoccurred so back to rehab. He returned back to the mound 6 weeks later and after his 1st outing from rehab it occurred again. He came home after freshman year and rehabbed all summer with his PT that he had used in HS. He relocated to a local JUCO and played in the fall. His velo was down and he was having more issues so we went to our Ortho and he passed all his strength test and Doc was going to recommend rehab again but I insisted on an MRI. Finally they saw the tear which they diagnosed as a SLAP Tear. He had surgery 2 weeks later with 4 anchors put in place. Ultimately the bicep tendonitis was the culprit and we never knew. As his HS seasons were getting to the playoffs we noticed his command was not as good but his velo started creeping down as well. We did all the right things but the test were just too inconclusive. He's doing well and is looking forward to the spring. Will keep everyone posted. Thank You, 

My son had surgery this Tuesday for a SLAP tear in his Labrum and a torn rotator cuff.  His Dr. told us he sees a 50% re-occurrence of the injury in athletes.  He's a catcher, 25 years old and just finished his fourth year of pro ball.  The Dr. said his tendons looked like those of a much older man (not an old man but one much older than 25).  It's too soon for him to start rehab but it's supposed to be 5-6 months to full use of his arm.  Down the road he may face the need to reattach the biceps which would alter his throwing motion.  He always took care of his arm, but once he left college he found himself catching 80-85 games a season with one day off a week.

can-o-corn posted:

My son had surgery this Tuesday for a SLAP tear in his Labrum and a torn rotator cuff.  His Dr. told us he sees a 50% re-occurrence of the injury in athletes.  He's a catcher, 25 years old and just finished his fourth year of pro ball.  The Dr. said his tendons looked like those of a much older man (not an old man but one much older than 25).  It's too soon for him to start rehab but it's supposed to be 5-6 months to full use of his arm.  Down the road he may face the need to reattach the biceps which would alter his throwing motion.  He always took care of his arm, but once he left college he found himself catching 80-85 games a season with one day off a week.

Sorry to hear that Can!

After throwing to live hitters at practice the past few weeks son gets the nod to start his 1st game on Saturday. He will be allowed to throw 1 inning. He's pretty pumped as he's 11 and a half months post surgery. He says his arm feels great and just excited to get on the mound in live action. Will update after his outing, Excited for him.

His outing went well. faced 4 hitters, walked 1st one then picked him at 1st base. Allowed 1 hit and no runs. Arm felt very strong and his trainer said he look good with smooth mechanics and no signs of stress. His velo was 83-84 less than 12 months post surgery. Most importantly was there was no discomfort and he seemed to compete well. A great 1st step to his comeback. Very excited for him. 

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