As a fellowship trained sports medicine surgeon, Dr. Andrew Pearle has a special interest in treating both athletic and degenerative shoulder conditions. Dr. Pearle has been a team physician for the New York Mets organization for over a decade. Assisting in the care for hundreds of elite throwing athletes from both the major and minor league systems gives Dr. Pearle a unique perspective and expertise on shoulder injuries. Dr. Pearle performs all his surgeries at the Hospital for Special Surgery, the #1 ranked orthopedic center in the country.
SLAP tears involve a tear of the labrum in the region where the biceps attaches to the glenoid (or socket of the shoulder). Dr. Pearle has a special interest in treating SLAP tears, which often occur in throwers. While Dr. Pearle takes pride in returning throwers to the mound, he gains equal satisfaction in relieving chronic shoulder pain that impacts simple activities like reaching overhead or getting a good night sleep.
Dr. Pearle feels strongly that patient education is essential for optimal outcome. The video above demonstrates the pathologic condition and surgical technique for SLAP repair. If considering surgery, please view the animation. Please also read through the Frequently Asked Questions, Risks, and other related information on the section to the right.