Left Arthroscopic Debridement of Type I SLAP Tear
This exhibit depicts the arthroscopic debridement of a type I SLAP tear of the labrum. The glenoid labrum is a fibrocartilagenous rim of tissue that provides stability to the shoulder socket and serves as the insertion site for the long head of the biceps brachii. There are four classifications of labral injuries known as SLAP tears (SLAP I-IV). SLAP is an acronym representing “Superior Labral tear from Anterior to Posterior.” A SLAP I tear consists of partial tearing and fraying of the superior labrum, without complete detachment from the glenoid rim. Arthroscopy is performed and the labrum is shaved to a stable edge.