The ganglion drainage won't affect performance. Surgery will.
Are you saying that having surgery will affect my long-term performance levels? Is this in a bad or good way?
A labrum will not heal without surgery or intervention (some report healing with prolotherapy) but inflammation may decrease to the point you don't notice it. If you're a sprinter there may be no need to get surgery to repair the labrum.
Wouldn't it affect overhead motions with OL's and pull ups, and also renger BP/p-ups impossible? What type of athletes would you recommend to get surgery on the labrum? What about for everyday life and comfort levels?
As for the pain-performance link, it's not as clear cut as your doc mentioned. Injuries can affect performance even when there is no pain. I've seen tendon ruptures that weren't terribly painful that rendered the person useless for performance.
Yes this is what I was thinking.
*I'v had the ganglion drained, with little improvement. My problems come and go depending on what I'v done. I think I will be having surgery at this stage because I haven't done any weight training, not even prees-ups, for 9+months now and I still get pain/impingement with overhead movements – what I mean is that i'm not flaring it up, it just does this through everyday life even though i'm cautious as with it. It's never excruciating pain, though at times (rare) it can pack a punch, but its more I feel very restricted with what I could ask my arm to do. I think i'm on a one-way street with no u-turns allowed (in terms of surgery) unless anyone has any ideas.