SLAP stands for “superior labrum anterior to posterior”. SLAP tears refer to an injury to the superior glenoid labrum, the upper region of the specialized cartilage surrounding and providing stability to the shoulder socket. Some forms of SLAP tears also include a detachment of the tendon of the long head of the bicep, the large muscle of the upper arm, from the labrum around the glenoid (socket). Because the symptoms can be similar to other shoulder injuries and a ruptured bicep, MRIs are the best method for identifying a SLAP tear. Arthroscopic surgery is the most common treatment to repair the torn labrum in the shoulder socket. During the operation, small incisions are made, known as portals, to insert a small camera and specialized tools into the shoulder. A shaver is used to debride (remove) any frayed ends of the torn cartilage. Then, an anchor is placed in the glenoid (socket) and tightly secured. Specialized sutures attached to the anchor are passed through the detached labrum to stabilize and properly realign the cartilage back in the glenoid. In some cases where the bicep tendon has also ruptured, a bicep tenodesis will be performed to secure the bicep to the humerus (upper arm bone). Non-throwing athletes can expect to return to full activity at 4-6 months after surgery and throwing athletes will require at least 6-7 months to fully rehabilitate.