Adam Seidl, MD - Board Certified Orthopaedic Surgeon - Shoulder and Elbow Specialist

Adam Seidl, MDBoard Certified Orthopaedic SurgeonShoulder and Elbow Specialist

SLAP Repair

PHASE I: Protect repair, restore ROM (0 to 6 weeks)

  • May remove dressing and shower postop day # 3.
  • Sutures are all underneath the skin and will dissolve on their own.
  • Ice or cold flow systems encouraged for the first week at a minimum: should be used 3-4 times per day.
  • Sling should be in place when not performing exercises.
  • Scapular ROM exercises.
  • No lifting with involved extremity.
  • Avoid pure active shoulder exercises, resisted biceps exercises.
  • Avoid shoulder rotation ROM from abducted position and cross body motions.
  • Initiate exercise program 3 times per day:
    • Immediate elbow, forearm and hand range of motion out of sling
    • Pendulum exercises
    • Passive and active assistive ROM – flexion and scapular plane elevation to tolerance, ER to 45 (pulleys, supine gravity assisted exercises)
    • Emphasize home program

PHASE II: Advance ROM (6 to 12 weeks)

  • May discontinue sling.
  • Lifting restriction of 10 pounds should be reinforced with patient until 3 months.
  • Advance to AROM exercises.
  • Advance PROM and capsular mobility as tolerated.
  • Avoid rotational ROM in abducted position until 8 weeks postop.
  • Initiate rotator cuff and gentle biceps strengthening (up to 10 lbs).

PHASE III: Restore function (> 3 months)

  • Discontinue lifting restriction.
  • Advance to higher level rotator cuff and scapular stabilizer strengthening.
  • Start throwing progression if applicable.

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Location Map

  • Orthopedics - University of Colorado Hospital

    1635 Aurora Ct
    4th Floor
    Aurora, CO 80045

  • UCHealth Lone Tree Clinic

    9548 Park Meadows Dr
    Lone Tree, CO 80124

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  • The American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery logo
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons logo
  • American Shoulder And Elbow Surgeons logo
  • Western Orthopaedic Association logo
  • Alpha Omega Alpha
  • Moon Shoulder