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post #1 of 33 Old 02-25-2019, 10:56 AM Thread Starter
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My Shoulder Surgery

I going try to write down my experience, that I'm going thru. I be adding more as I go. There are a ton of youtube videos about before during and after surgery.

before surgery, item you will want to buy. Three button henley T-shirts, I have four in rotation. the buttons help you & the person assisting you to get shirts on & off easier. Buy shampoo and shower soap in pump bottles, Because there is no way you can get shampoo by yourself unless your helper gets it for you. get a back scratcher. cheap bandaids to cover over stitches, otherwise, stitches catch on shirt & pull. Saran wrap & Waterproof tape. you will need the tape to hold the saran wrap in place during shower because you can't get any soap & water on incisions for a few days.

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You may also want a lint roller because arm sling seems like a magnet for lint, hair, fur, & when you go out in public it looks kind of gross to other people.

Sleeping is no fun! I tried sleeping in bed with a TV pillow & two other pillows, it just don't work, I would slide down the pillows. Sleeping in a recliner in the way to go, I can only sleep 6 hours, the pain in shoulder blade will wake me up.


My first shower took 40 minutes & that's with help, after 6 weeks we're down to 20 minutes. I still can not wash my back or my good arm.

The only way to describe pain w/o sling, is.....I wanted my sling more than my next breath. while wife would be dressing me after shower I would rest my arm on chest of drawers until sling was back on.

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Went through that a few years ago, getting ready for knee replacement this week!

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Sorry duder. I've had both of mine cut on. Changed careers b/c of it. I used to be a HD truck/trailer mechanic. now I'm a PTA(Physical Therapist assistant)

Nothing quite like that first week of pain. I slept on the couch as I could rest my arm on the puffy backrest and had to get up every hour and walk around. First shower shaking like a leaf--I sat in the tub and the wife scrubbed me down.

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Are you taking pain meds? Did you Steve?
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Are you taking pain meds? Did you Steve?
Ate em like Pac-man for the first 10 days then tapered down as it got better. I took 1 pill before PT as they were aggressively stretching me out. Mine was extremely painful and I have a very high tolerance--spent 20yrs wrenching with the usual burns/stitches/squashed fingers/steel drilled out of the eyeballs etc. which never slowed me down

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I was on pain meds for 8 days,
For first two weeks after surgery my only job is to heal, then PT started, three times a week plus given exercise instructions for home. All my PT is them moving me, I lay there for 15 minutes while I relax, easy to say "just relax" I had to close my eyes & let them do there job. next 15 minutes was other stretches then 20 minutes of ice.

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That is good news. They seem to not want to give anybody pain meds when they are really needed.
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Something else a person will want to do before surgery, is, how do i put it,,, grooming, cut your nails, get hair cut.

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Tractor Beam,

I impinged my shoulder (rotator cuff) snowmobiling in 2014, hit a frozen clump at the edge of a field. The 13 inch shocks on the rear recoiled me off the sled at 40+ mph. I landed in a plowed frozen field on my elbow, which jammed my shoulder. Thank god the sled stayed upright and running, I rode it home.

Luckily, I didn't have surgery.

I slept in a recliner for six weeks.

The one physical therapy task I hated was rolling a ball up a wall, starting at shoulder height, I could take everything else but when they brought that ball out, I physically started to sweat.

While doing therapy, a couple friends came through that had surgery, they said don't do it unless you have to.

My son slipped on ice at work and broke a rib 10 days ago, being his boss and dad, off to the hospital we went. He goes back to the doctor on the 11th.

Take care TB.

Steve, that trailer rebuild job must have been one tough #$%^&*.

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Tractor Beam,

I impinged my shoulder (rotator cuff) snowmobiling in 2014, hit a frozen clump at the edge of a field. The 13 inch shocks on the rear recoiled me off the sled at 40+ mph. I landed in a plowed frozen field on my elbow, which jammed my shoulder. Thank god the sled stayed upright and running, I rode it home.

Luckily, I didn't have surgery.

I slept in a recliner for six weeks.

The one physical therapy task I hated was rolling a ball up a wall, starting at shoulder height, I could take everything else but when they brought that ball out, I physically started to sweat.

While doing therapy, a couple friends came through that had surgery, they said don't do it unless you have to.

My son slipped on ice at work and broke a rib 10 days ago, being his boss and dad, off to the hospital we went. He goes back to the doctor on the 11th.

Take care TB.

Steve, that trailer rebuild job must have been one tough #$%^&*.

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All shoulder surgeries end up different. Mine locked down and I spent months in PT having my 230lb PT holding my wrist over my head and leaning his weight on it with me on my back on the plinth.

He told me years later that he couldn't believe how tight my shldr was and that I could take what he put me thru.

Semi-trailer wreck rebuild is tough. I have bone spurs in all my upper body joints, one protrudes on my elbow as big as a marble. Fingers ache. Both shldrs had surgery, hernia repair surgery, and a herniated disk in my low back that I rehabbed w/o surgery.

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Had six week check up 4 days ago, Dr. is happy with the progress, I can remove sling, however, the first two days w/o sling I had to put sling back on for an hour or so because the weight of my arm was making me hurt. now it's time for strength training, so, new script wrote to PT folks how to proceed with me. OMGoodness!! I had no idea how much muscle I had lost. when sitting at dining table it's all I can do to raise arm high enough to rest arm on the table. my strength training at this time will NOT include any weights. Dr. said the weight of my arm which is about 20 lbs. is plenty for now. so now PT is stretching first half & strengthening 2nd 1/2.

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Had six week check up 4 days ago, Dr. is happy with the progress, I can remove sling, however, the first two days w/o sling I had to put sling back on for an hour or so because the weight of my arm was making me hurt. now it's time for strength training, so, new script wrote to PT folks how to proceed with me. OMGoodness!! I had no idea how much muscle I had lost. when sitting at dining table it's all I can do to raise arm high enough to rest arm on the table. my strength training at this time will NOT include any weights. Dr. said the weight of my arm which is about 20 lbs. is plenty for now. so now PT is stretching first half & strengthening 2nd 1/2.
Glad to hear you are progressing. We don't strengthen in a limited range so weights are not necessary until you can lift the arm overhead.

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My bad, I thought I was to start some strength training two weeks ago, This week, PT guy had me to start lifting my arm w/o assistance, I raised my arm almost up to shoulder height 20 times & held arm there for 2 seconds, my arm was tired. Surgery was 9 weeks ago & I've now back in bed, hopefully, recliner days are behind me. I have a 4" thick pillow to place between arm and chest. I can only lay on my back. I also tied my own boots this week (small victory. yeah me!) I rest arm on steering wheel when driving, however I'll rest arm on lap when turning steering wheel.

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My bad, I thought I was to start some strength training two weeks ago, This week, PT guy had me to start lifting my arm w/o assistance, I raised my arm almost up to shoulder height 20 times & held arm there for 2 seconds, my arm was tired. Surgery was 9 weeks ago & I've now back in bed, hopefully, recliner days are behind me. I have a 4" thick pillow to place between arm and chest. I can only lay on my back. I also tied my own boots this week (small victory. yeah me!) I rest arm on steering wheel when driving, however I'll rest arm on lap when turning steering wheel.
Shoulders take time my friend. I don't think I felt right for a year and I still have limited external rotation on my left one.
Keep up the good work with PT. They are the ones to get you thru this now.

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