Other shoulder surgery stories ??

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    Other shoulder surgery stories ??

    Just wanted to hear from anyone on the forum who has had some kind of shouder injury resulting in surgery, and how you recovered from it. I've recently had a Bankart repair (Labrum ligament reattached to the glenoid bone) along with a capsulloraphy to tighten things up. Healing is slow but steady but definitely have some hiccups along the way. Been having some aching tonight and that sparked my interest in this post. I'll post a couple pictures of my last dislocation and after surgery arthroscopic incisions.

    Anterior dislocation

    From the back

    Two incisions on front

    One on back

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    I have yet to have surgery but I have torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders. I have heard shoulder surgery in a long, slow healing process.

    Good Luck. rk

    BTW, I'm glad to know it was not the surgeon who used the Barbie band aids.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rottkeeper View Post
    I have yet to have surgery but I have torn rotator cuffs in both shoulders. I have heard shoulder surgery in a long, slow healing process.

    Good Luck. rk

    BTW, I'm glad to know it was not the surgeon who used the Barbie band aids.
    Yes it is very slow. It's been two months out and i have fairly limited range of motion right now and can only use my arm for light duties. Physical therapy is NO fun either but it is a MUST for full recovery. Maybe look into doing one shoulder per year so you arent entirely debilitated. The downtime sucks but in the long run it'll be like new.
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    Had a SLAP tear (superior labrum, anterior/posterior), whatever that means. Summer 2008 is when it happened. Basically the gizmo that holds the ball in the socket tore loose, so when weighted in the proper direction, the joint would open up. It was a tad uncomfortable, so opted to have it re-attached. Arthroscopic, 4 holes, a couple months of PT and I was probably 80-90%.

    I'd rather take a dozen more slap tears to the shoulder before another patellar tendon graft ACL reconstruction though, OMG! Holy Awful Pain! Good drugs though...

    Hang in there, and do the PT. Also, don't overdo. Your shoulder will know when it wants to work and when it wants to rest, listen to it. More is not better when it comes to recovering from a repair job.

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    ICE! But not just plain ice.

    After my Rotator Cuff surgery NOTHING helped as much as keeping it iced!

    Mix up one part Isopropyl Alcohol with three parts water in a large Ziploc bag, put that bag in another Ziploc bag and freeze.

    It won't freeze solid and will allow you to form it over your shoulder. (You want to use a small towel to wrap the cold pack in.)

    Keep it on! As long as you can as often as you can and it'll help more than any drugs I promise.
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    Thanks guys, i'd been icing it with a pack for the first 1.5 months daily and it helped dramatically with the pain. May have to throw some ice on it in a few before i go to bed tonight. I believe a SLAP tear is basically the same as a Bankart except the SLAP is on the top or backside of the joint, where as mine is on the lower front.
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    A good while back, I had some terrific pain in my shoulder, only if I lifted something over my chest. Went to the doctor for xrays and saw that I have some bone spurs that were apparently rubbing on some tendons keeping them raw. He suggested surgery and "grinding" off part of the bone spur to hinder the rubbing. I elected NOT to rush to surgery.

    Coincidentally, about that time, I went snow skiing for several days, and after the ski trip I noticed that my shoulder didn't hurt anymore.......that was about 15 years ago, and it's never hurt again.
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    I have bone spurs and a torn rotator cuff. They told me I needed surgery in mid 90's, lol, still fighting it. I was told a 9 month recovery time, I am self employed, so thier is no way I can take a 9 month recovery. The worst part is the spurs hang up on a nerve and it feels like I have stabbed. I have to keep "popping" my arm out until it releases. Sucks.
    When I had my knee replacement a few months back, when I was at therapy, the shoulder people seemed to have the longest and hardest recovery time. I watched them and decided I can wait a few more years. Good Luck
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    Had a Bankart Repair done along with 3 suture pins inserted in my left shoulder in early 2001. My shoulder does not dislocate itself anymore and PT was a snot, and I have lost some range of motion in my shoulder but I can lift stuff with my left hand at least. Also retained hardware+cold, wet weather=pain and aches.
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    Quote Originally Posted by darkstar11 View Post
    Had a Bankart Repair done along with 3 suture pins inserted in my left shoulder in early 2001. My shoulder does not dislocate itself anymore and PT was a snot, and I have lost some range of motion in my shoulder but I can lift stuff with my left hand at least. Also retained hardware+cold, wet weather=pain and aches.
    He did the same for me, used three anchors with kevlar sutures. He said the anchors arent metal like the older ones, these will dissolve into the bone a couple years from now. What will be left is new bone grown over still anchoring the sutures.
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    Fell off a ladder and landed on the point of the right shoulder on a concrete slab floor; drove the acromnium(sp, bone connecting shoulder blade to collar bone) onto the tuberosity with enough force to cause radiating fractures in the tuberosity (ball on top of upper arm) which opened up like a blooming onion and cut the rotator cuff in half, along with fractured elbow, 3 broken ribs, broken pelvis and was bleeding internally for 4 days.

    First surgery pined the tuberosity back together, second surgery reattached the rotator cuff to the tuberosity with 2 anchors (that looked like the screw in sheet rock anchors) followed by a (3rd surgery) "manipulation" to tear loose scar tissue and "unfreeze" my arm (to be avoided at ALL costs, take my word for it) with a fourth surgery to clean out a pocket of infection that developed rather deep in the incision.

    Once given clearance PUSH THE PT if you aren't crying you aren't pushing enough. The surgeon that did my shoulder said I would never be able to get my arm straight up over my head, well I can. If you want to know what I did ask and I will go into more detail.

    I fell on the job so had workman's comp; it was 2.5 years before I was released for full duty. As the surgeon told me "The shoulder is the worse joint in the body to injure, and recovery is the most painful."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thumper View Post
    ICE! But not just plain ice.

    After my Rotator Cuff surgery NOTHING helped as much as keeping it iced!

    Mix up one part Isopropyl Alcohol with three parts water in a large Ziploc bag, put that bag in another Ziploc bag and freeze.

    It won't freeze solid and will allow you to form it over your shoulder. (You want to use a small towel to wrap the cold pack in.)

    Keep it on! As long as you can as often as you can and it'll help more than any drugs I promise.
    plus one. had two done myself. first one in 1973 on the left. you should see the 12 inch long 2 inch wide scar that i still have.
    the second one done in 2007, right shoulder. three small holes, all most gone. 1973 no rehab, just a long hard recover time. 2007, long hard rehab days, better recover time. but all in all both hurt after and they still do.
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    Ya all are far braver men than I. T-boned a car on my motorcycle doing about 30. Face went through the rear passenger window my right shoulder stopped the rest of me from going through. Broke my left collar bone clean in half 1.5 inch separation and a ten mill separation in my right rotator cuff. That they wanted to operate on it.
    My poor wife was told in front of work I had been in a wreck she ran 4 blocks to the wreck in time to see me put into the ambulance. She had visions of Val Kilmer as my face looked shredded from the glass. Safly for her they turned out to be minor scratches. So she is stuck with the same mug she married and she had such high hopes there for a minute.
    Collar bone healed into a cool lightening bolt shape. To chicken to have the shoulder operated on. Most days it isn't bad. Another six months recovery. Crying in public during PT. OMG if I ever considered doing it you just talked me out of it. Good luck LethalStang I hope it heals better than new for you. As I said you all are way braver than I.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LethalStang View Post
    He did the same for me, used three anchors with kevlar sutures. He said the anchors arent metal like the older ones, these will dissolve into the bone a couple years from now. What will be left is new bone grown over still anchoring the sutures.
    My anchors are steel, no dissolving for me, but on the plus side I'm a walking Barometer, if the weather is going to change drastically I KNOW IT!! I also seperated my AC joint(collarbone and scapula) a few years ago in a motorcycle wreck, gutted it out and rode the bike to work the next day. Was active duty at the time and my shopchief and 1st Sgt called me a few nasty names because I didn't go to the hospital when I wrecked. I'm living with a grade 3 AC seperation because of that incident. I guess I'm just a walking shoulder injury. On the up side I can still shoot my compound bow and my rifles and shotguns (I'm a southpaw when it comes to shooting long guns and bows)
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    I was worried that i would have the problem with metal anchors too, but he said they tend to steer away from those now, using some kind of degradable kind that look like those white drywall anchors. I guess its kinda cool to say that i always have some kevlar on me though....
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