Dr Heckroodt Laubscher

Specialist Orthopaedic Shoulder Surgeon

SLAP Repair Surgery

The repair of a SLAP lesion entails the reattachment of the M.Biceps anchor back onto the superior glenoid rim. The glenoid bone is prepared (roughened) and with the help of an arthroscopic anchor and suturing material reattached. This repair can only be performed by arthroscopic means.

Procedure duration:
60 minutes

Post operative rehabilitation:
The patient will wear a sling (shoulder immobiliser) for 6 weeks whereafter rehabilitation can commence. During this 6 week period the sling is worn for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The sling may only be removed during the patients home exercise routine (which will be provided before discharge) or when showering. Driving with the sling is dangerous and is strongly discouraged. Driving without the sling can compromise the repair and therefore the success of the surgery.
Complete and full recovery occurs between 3 to 6 months.