I tore my labrum in my shoulder, following a skiing injury. I lost control of the shoulder and fluid formed in a ganglion cyst. Dr. Marius Negru used keyhole surgery to successfully reattach my labrum and drain the cyst and I am now back to my personal training.Susan
Arthroscopic Spinoglenoid Cyst Decompression, Suprascapular nerve decompression and Posterior Labral Repair
‘I torn my labrum in my shoulder, following a skiing injury. I lost control of the shoulder and fluid formed in a ganglion cyst. Dr. Marius Negru used keyhole surgery to successfully reattach my labrum and drain the cyst and I am now back to my personal training.’
Susan was referred to Dr. Negru for an injury to her shoulder joint. The high mobility of the shoulder requires this ball and socket joint to have a very shallow socket (glenoid). The labrum is a circumferential cartilage rim that helps stabilise the shoulder joint.
Often, when the labrum is torn, this forces fluid under the area of the labral tear, forming a fluid cyst or ganglion that can compress a nerve called the suprascapular nerve and subsequently power in the muscles rotating the shoulder can be lost.
‘The consultation was very clear’ continues Susan. ‘I had an x-ray and an MRI and Dr. Negru went through these and the report, explaining why and what was happening very comprehensively. Thankfully, the MRI indicated no nerve damage. So, surgery was booked.’
‘The procedure was keyhole surgery, conducted at HC Marbella Hospital. Just two small incisions were made, one on the front of my shoulder, which is like a pin prick, and one of the back which is also very small.
He drained the ganglion and reattached the labrum. I was ‘in and out’ in the day, although I did have a general anaesthetic. The op was at lunch time, and I came around about 2 hours later and was home by six thirty in the evening. The rooms as HC Marbella are comfortable, with good wi-fi, so my husband was able to stay there during the day, work and then take me home at the end.’
‘I’m lucky as I am in good health, and I always heal quickly. I had a hip replacement a few years back, and I was back to walking normally within 3 weeks. The same is true with my shoulder – the healing has been swift. I am focusing on my fitness and building strength.
I had post-procedure follow-up consultation two weeks later, and Dr. Negru was very pleased with my healing and mobility. I think this was down to my personal training and also I started my physio on the second day after the op. The first day I was on painkillers and stayed in bed and just let my body heal.
I wore the sling for a week or so, as it protected my arm, and I was doing light physio for my wrists and arms. Personally, I found I didn’t really need the sling that long, although I understand it is recommended to be worn for a month.
I found Dr. Negru to be very professional, very polite and open and he clearly wanted to make sure I understood all aspects of the condition and the procedure. We had a good rapport in the follow-up consultation and he was always happy answering any questions I had. During the follow-up he went through my MRI and later showed me a video of the procedure, which I actually felt very comfortable with. I was happy with my experience.’