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shoulder surgery went great
« on: January 18, 2019, 12:14:21 PM »
got home from shoulder surgery a few hours ago. it went well. only the labrum needed stitching, the rotator cuff will rehab okay with intact labrum. some bone spurs were also removed.

i am using sprix, choosing to walk around the opioid mine field. i have pt in 6 days. i should be able to use the hand, sling supported, as soon as the block wears off. after bandage comes off on monday, I can shower and use recumbent.

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strange downside - nasal mist messes with stomach

i could be paddling sooner in april than i thought if rehab goes well.
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2019, 12:29:50 PM »
Nice! Hope you heal-up fast RTG.

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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #2 on: January 18, 2019, 01:09:48 PM »
I know lots of swimmers and paddlers that have had that same surgery. You should be in good shape in about 3 months. Not the quickest recovery, but typically a full recovery.

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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #3 on: January 18, 2019, 01:22:39 PM »
RTG- glad you are in good spirits post-op.

What kind of exam or imaging do they do to determine need for that kind of surgery?
I have a 'friend' who hurt their shoulder but is chicken to go to the doctor...
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #4 on: January 18, 2019, 01:28:23 PM »
Yea, I have a "friend" like that too ;D

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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #5 on: January 18, 2019, 01:43:34 PM »
RTG- glad you are in good spirits post-op.

What kind of exam or imaging do they do to determine need for that kind of surgery?
I have a 'friend' who hurt their shoulder but is chicken to go to the doctor...
mri. first an x-ray and consult to determine likelihood of tear before expense of mri. my portion of mri was over $700 US. my portion of surgery a little over $1400. they also saw bone spurs on images. doc took pictures of arthritis he will show/give me at follow up. i think that is to explain why it will still hurt sometimes.

yeah, comparatively good news helps a lot with attitude

of course today was near 60 f with only a slight breeze; would have been a good day for a nearby lake paddle

edit - oh and thanks to all

another edit - at least pt is "free" for a few visits when it's rehab. they aren't being nice; the math works in their favor by limiting recurrence. sucks to pay all that, but i know these sorts of costs are inevitable in the US and have rainy day money that doesn't get spent on discretionary stuff.
« Last Edit: January 18, 2019, 02:04:12 PM by RideTheGlide »
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #6 on: January 18, 2019, 02:08:18 PM »
I've had numerous shoulder surgeries and I'll give you the same advice I give to any of my friends--do all the PT you are supposed to, and a lot more. Your insurance will probably only pay for a few sessions aimed mostly at teaching you the exercises. That's not really enough. You can do the exercises more frequently and for much longer to improve the end result, or you can arrange for additional PT and do what you can to get insurance to pay. If they simply won't, consider paying directly.

The reasons are long-winded, but suffice it to say that if you don't get movement of your shoulder, arms and core corrected and in synch, then the benefits of the surgery will be short-lived. You'll wind up recruiting other muscles to accomplish the movements you need to make, and your joints are not designed to work the way the recruited muscles do. I was curling my shoulder forward and curving my back to lift any weight above my head. My PT got me to engage my core, push my shoulder blades back and stabilize my shoulder to lift. I doubled the amount of weight I could lift in a stable fashion without straining my lower back with a week of practice.

I've read dozens of studies concerning the benefit of PT either in place of surgery or post-surgery. I had to keep digging out more studies because the results are so counter-intuitive. Even given that there is undoubtedly a broad spectrum of knowledge and capability among PT's and a lot of variation in how much the patients actually stick with the program the effectiveness is undeniable.
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #7 on: January 18, 2019, 02:34:15 PM »
not my first rodeo either. last time (other shoulder) i was whiny and did as little as possible. ended up scarring across bad places and doc had to go back in. he said as soon as i was zoned out he moved the arm through full range of notion and snapped all the scar tissue (it forms in bands). hurt like hell when the block wore off. i am not letting that happen. i was a fat lump feeling sorry for myself that time.

edit - this also resulted in me getting pain pills for quite a while, many of which were washed down with a poor choice of beverage. not my finest hour.  that's why i am using sprix for pain this time and also a contributing factor in having gone 572 days without a drink.

another edit: my glide is pretty heavy. i ordered one of these:
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #8 on: January 18, 2019, 03:13:52 PM »
Right on Glide!
Part 1 behind you, now it's do what you need to do, to get back on the water  :)

Heal well and quickly!

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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #9 on: January 18, 2019, 03:52:59 PM »
Good to see your shoulder procedure went well. Hope you have a good recovery with no complications. Work hard in PT since that is what is most important now after your operation.
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #10 on: January 19, 2019, 10:22:34 AM »
Day 2 - Not much pain except when I did pendulum swings (per doctor's orders) - leaning over hanging arm straight down and swing in about a 1' diameter circle a few times in each direction, then back/forth and side to side a few times. Allowed to use hand to type and do other light weight stuff with elbow against ribs and not too long.
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #11 on: January 19, 2019, 12:23:14 PM »
Hey Glide,

Just wanted to wish you well on your recovery. Hope you are healed and back out on the water soon  :)
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #12 on: January 19, 2019, 12:48:06 PM »
Thanks. Thinking/hoping a demo day at the Carolina Cup on Friday 4/26 might be a good time to start paddling on water. No loading/unloading or pumping, short distances with frequent breaks and more things to do than just paddling. But I will have to play it by ear as it gets closer.
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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #13 on: January 20, 2019, 05:34:12 AM »
RTG..   I don't know if you noticed but you woke the bots.   This was at the bottom of the thread.

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Re: shoulder surgery went great
« Reply #14 on: January 20, 2019, 08:21:14 AM »
Heal well....always sucks being out of action.
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