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Does a labrum tear always mean automatic surgery?
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree
In brief: Not necessarily.
If you are referring to you shoulder, it would depend on your age, function, intended activities and extent.
You should see an orthopedist with expertise in the shoulder for an opinion and perhaps a 2nd or 3rd opinion. If young and active and significant tear, most likely an intervention will be needed. For an older more sedentary person, it may be debatable as to need for surgery. Get opinon!

In brief: Not necessarily.
If you are referring to you shoulder, it would depend on your age, function, intended activities and extent.
You should see an orthopedist with expertise in the shoulder for an opinion and perhaps a 2nd or 3rd opinion. If young and active and significant tear, most likely an intervention will be needed. For an older more sedentary person, it may be debatable as to need for surgery. Get opinon!
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Marc Schneider
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No
Mris can overestimate or underestimate the incidence of labral tears, so finding a labral tear on the MRI does not necessarily mean an automatic surgery.
The location, size of the tear as well as clinical symptoms such as pain or instability are factored into any surgical decision making.

In brief: No
Mris can overestimate or underestimate the incidence of labral tears, so finding a labral tear on the MRI does not necessarily mean an automatic surgery.
The location, size of the tear as well as clinical symptoms such as pain or instability are factored into any surgical decision making.
Dr. Marc Schneider
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Dr. Frank Holmes
Sports Medicine
1 doctor agrees
In brief: No!
If you are referring to a labral tear in the shoulder, then surgery is not necessarily required or even recommended.
The decision whether to have a labral repair depends on many factors: 1) symptoms potentially caused by the labral tear- pain, clicking, instability 2) age of the patient (a high % of those over 50 have degenerative labral tears found on mris) 3) loss of function caused by the tear.

In brief: No!
If you are referring to a labral tear in the shoulder, then surgery is not necessarily required or even recommended.
The decision whether to have a labral repair depends on many factors: 1) symptoms potentially caused by the labral tear- pain, clicking, instability 2) age of the patient (a high % of those over 50 have degenerative labral tears found on mris) 3) loss of function caused by the tear.
Dr. Frank Holmes
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Dr. Amir Khan
Sports Medicine
In brief: No
Labral tears can be asymptomatic.
A shoulder specialist can differentiate which ones need surgery and which ones can be left alone. Younger and overhead athletes are more likely to require surgery. Older patients are unlikely to need surgery.

In brief: No
Labral tears can be asymptomatic.
A shoulder specialist can differentiate which ones need surgery and which ones can be left alone. Younger and overhead athletes are more likely to require surgery. Older patients are unlikely to need surgery.
Dr. Amir Khan
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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: No
Surgery to repair a torn labrum is considered when all reasonable form of non- operative treatment have failed to provide adequate relief of your symptoms.
Then, one must be sure that potential benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks. This discussion is typically lumped in with the "informed consent"process. If in doubt, get a 2nd opinion from a shoulder expert.

In brief: No
Surgery to repair a torn labrum is considered when all reasonable form of non- operative treatment have failed to provide adequate relief of your symptoms.
Then, one must be sure that potential benefits of the procedure outweigh the risks. This discussion is typically lumped in with the "informed consent"process. If in doubt, get a 2nd opinion from a shoulder expert.
Dr. Shawn Hennigan
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