I have been diagnosed with a torn labrum and I have seen a specialist who suggested an operation to place an anchor in the bone and reattach the ligament with a suture. There is a possibility of a biodegradable anchor, but according to the specialist the suture won’t biodegrade. The surgeon just said biodegradable suture generally don’t have the strength required. I’m told the labrum normally retains full strength after 6 months.
The physio told me about a couple of patients who are thin (like me) who hate the feeling of the suture and as it isn’t needed after 6 months have an operation to have it removed, which is purely for the patient comfort, it doesn’t medically need to come out.
I feel I may be in this category of patient mentioned above and am concerned to undertake surgery which may also need surgery 6 months later.
If everything could biodegrade that would be ideal.
My question is, are biodegradable suture used ever to hold ligaments similar to this and are there surgeons out there which would do this style of operation. If not, if anyone is in the medical research field who would know about advancement in suture technology, and is it worth waiting 5 or 10 years etc as I’m told this isn’t urgent surgery, can be done anytime. Pain can be reduced with specific exercises. I’d rather have it done right then done quickly.