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Shoulder Surgery, Next Generation

October 25th, 2012 · 5 Comments

Not me this time. Derek tore the labrum in his left shoulder playing soccer a few months ago. He had laparoscopic surgery this morning to repair it. Everything went well and he is at our house spaced out on pain pills this evening.

The labrum helps hold the arm bone (humerus) in the socket. When it is torn, the shoulder can easily dislocate, and Derek had two tears, one short and one quite long. After about a year of recovery from surgery Derek should have a normal shoulder again. Meanwhile he will be in a sling for a few weeks, and in physical therapy for a few months.

In the picture below (taken during his surgery), you can see near the middle of the screen how the cartilage is peeled back from the bone
Torn Labrum

In the next picture, you can see how it has been stitched back together. This smaller tear only took one stitch, while the larger one took 3.
Stitched Labrum

You can also see one of the laparoscopic instruments in the lower picture, though I’m not sure what it is for. Probably just a tube for inserting various instruments as needed.

Tags: Family Updates

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Richard // Oct 25, 2012 at 7:31 pm

    Glad to hear he is doing well. Remind him to use the other arm when playing with Apollo.

  • 2 Mom // Oct 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm

    He will probably remember as soon as he tries the wrong arm. Thankfully, it is his left shoulder. It isn’t fun trying to eat with the left hand; ask someone who had to try–me!

  • 3 Donna // Oct 25, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Oh, I forgot that was today. (Sorry!) Glad to hear all went well. Give him my best.

  • 4 Donna // Oct 25, 2012 at 9:44 pm

    P.S. Cool photos!

  • 5 Donna // Nov 6, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    How’s Derek doing?

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