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Old 08-25-2016, 03:57 PM
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Shoulder Surgery

Well, I've been battling it and coping with it for almost a decade, but I'm finally getting my left shoulder fixed.

Been dealing with instability in it for the last 3 years or so, would come out at inoppertune times (when is an opportune time...). I would always take 3-4 weeks off, strengthen and it would return to somewhat normal. Shoulder is still pretty strong, no real weakness or pain day to day. MRI showed a pretty large tear in my labrum. I've lost some range of motion but can still reach behind me to mid-back so no problems with handle passes...

Surgery is sept 29th, so until then I'm hitting Pre-Hab hard and trying to get in the best shape/strongest I can be going into the surgery. I have a wealth of experience at shoulder PT but if anyone has any new tricks of the trade I would appreciate the advice.

I'm planning on getting a la-z-boy to sleep on upright and a donjoy iceman. Any other advice post-surgery?

Doc pretty much cleared me to ride up until then so i'm going out tonight...
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:01 PM
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Make sure you pop a pain pill before your pt appointment. There is a difference between pain and hurting it is what they told me on my first visit after ACL surgery. There was a lot pain...

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Old 08-25-2016, 04:04 PM
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I torn my labrum and rotator cuff a few years back and had surgery just for the labrum. My post-surgery advice would be to start PT soon and often. My doctor actually had me in PT the day after my surgery to begin ROM exercises. I believe I had formal PT 2-3 times a week and then a set of daily home exercises. Roughly 6 months later I had no restrictions whatsoever and no issues to date.
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:18 PM
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If you are offered a nerve block for post op pain control think about it. A good block will give some great pain relief for 15-20 hours. Sometimes they will offer to place a catheter in addition to the block. If so....2-3 days of great pain relief. Sounds like you are committed to doing the PT. This will speed up your recovery but recovery will still take a lot longer that you want it to. I hope all goes well!
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Old 08-25-2016, 04:43 PM
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:53 PM
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I just had a nerve block with my Achilles surgery 2 weeks ago. It was great not having any pain until the day after the surgery. Definitely recommended if it is an option.

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Old 08-25-2016, 05:55 PM
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The ice machine is your best friend. I also found using one of those neck collar pillows for sleeping on the airplane helps in the lazy boy. My Dr. did not start PT for almost 3 weeks after surgery. I was skiing in 6 months. Don't rush the PT just let your therapist set the pace.

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Old 08-25-2016, 07:40 PM
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Ice machine is your best friend as is a lazy boy. Be sure to ask for an extension on ice machine. They'll is lay always give it to you. Shoulder surgery sucks. I have had 3 . Stretch stretch stretch. Not sure how well you do with anesthesia buck I don't do well at all after. The ear patch for nausea and vomitting worked wonders for me. The good news is I am back almost 100%. The shoulder is def lot longer and more painful than an ACL.

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Old 08-25-2016, 08:39 PM
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I also would recommend the nerve block as it keeps down the pain that first day. The ice machine is the greatest. Sleeping in a recliner with the ice machine set to cycle on and off all night is a real winner. I had a rotator cuff repair and my daughter has had 3 shoulder surgeries (rotator cuff and labrum repairs - 1 skiing related the other two were ice hockey injuries) so my wife has become an expert at keeping the ice machine stocked.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:17 PM
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I'm in the same boat, my surgery is September 16. I have a a tear, some arthritis, and a little pain. I could live with it, but I'm told it is going to need fixed eventually.
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