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dave#1    Posted 01-02-2022 at 20:01:57 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Any of you guys ever had surgery to repair a torn Rotator cuff??, After having a MRI they found I have a badly torn right rotator cuff. I've been putting it off but now the pain is becoming unbearable They're telling me up to 6 mouths of rehab. not really looking foreword to that. Anyone ever had this deal?


    Island Mike    Posted 01-07-2022 at 11:33:13 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • My ex BIL tore something in his shoulder. Probably a ligament that was holding bits in place. He got it fixed by our neighbour and the nicest guy in Canada. BIL went on the place 53 in the 50K cross country ski race at the Olympics. Doctor neighbour got a brain tumor at 47 and died at 49. BIL who was twenty something, went a bit squirrely when his marriage failed, but I thought he did real good to represent his country and finish on the same day as the European guys.
    Same neighbour was supposed to fix my left knee that had a bit of loose cartilage. His replacement did it many years ago. Was the pain keeping me up at night, that caused me to get it fixed. Bon chance, hope it goes well for you.
    BTW, I replaced the 78 belchmobile, with a 007 Silverado 4.3 V6. Dodge van will be sold.
    Island Mike

    Dean    Posted 01-03-2022 at 19:15:31 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • I considered this about three years ago and had the X rays, MRIs, etc.

    Upon learning that I would be recovering for about 9 months, I decided to live with my condition. I've learned what to do and what not to do.

    Condition waxes and wanes and is most noticeable when trying to sleep in colder months such as now. Old folks called such rheumatism.

    I've other, more urgent conditions to address.

    Maybe someday, but unlikely.


    John in Mich    Posted 01-04-2022 at 20:35:24 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Recovery does not mean that you would be an invalid for 9 months. Some limited motion and activity will follow. I hate pain but I learned to work with limits.
    Move to the pain, not through the pain. My left shoulder is not dominant. It now feels great!
    My right shoulder is functional but not at full ROM (range of motion). I can do most tasks without pain, but I do have to recognize my limitations. Therapy has helped me with great improvements. Today was my first therapy date since before Christmas. I did my prescribed exorcises through the holidays. My therapist was satisfied. Me too!
    Don't be stubborn! Don't live with the pain. Get some help. I believe.

    Dean    Posted 01-04-2022 at 21:25:35 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Not an issue of stubbornness.

    Plan was to have procedure about three years ago but prelims pushed recovery period into spring, well into busy season so delayed until fall.

    Gall bladder became issue and was removed about 2 years ago delaying elective procedure until following fall.

    Covid pre-empted nearly all elective surgeries following year so delayed again.

    Throid became issue past summer and was removed about 10 weeks ago. Post procedures still pending so delayed again. Covid again interfering with elective procedures.

    Two additional, more urgent issues still on agenda so any elective surgery will not happen anytime soon and perhaps never.

    I can deal with shoulder but cannot deal with some other issues.

    Such things are difficult for one living alone and without any close family in the area.


    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 01-18-2022 at 05:21:37 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Getting older is not for wussies, is it, Dean?

    John in Mich    Posted 01-05-2022 at 17:15:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Wow. I understand your health conflicts. My younger sister was fortunate to get her open-heart surgery last July between spring and fall Covid19 hospital over-crowding.
    I just got the results from my upper/lower abdominal CT scan for my cancer history. Good to go.
    Best wishes.

    Roby-Ga    Posted 01-04-2022 at 14:57:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • If you would have had it done you would have been pain free for a little over two years now, just like my wife who had it done 9 months ago. just saying.

    Dean    Posted 01-04-2022 at 19:16:32 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Perhaps.

    John in Mich    Posted 01-03-2022 at 08:55:50 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Yes. Left shoulder 2 years ago after a slip and fall on ice. We tried physical therapy first and still had limited use with pain. Had rotator cuff surgery and was 6 weeks with restraint then therapy. Have great use of it now.
    Fell this past fall and injured my right shoulder. In physical therapy now. Doing home exercises along with visits twice per week at therapy center.
    Much better but still some pain in certain positions/movements. Hoping therapy will take care of it. Will see.

    KCTractors    Posted 01-02-2022 at 21:22:47 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • I had Rotator cuff surgery and had bone spurs also removed. I had it done twice on the right and once on the left. I am now a candidate for a complete right shoulder replacement. They tell me the that the Surgeon removed to much cartilage on the shoulder joint. I believe that I started back to work to soon. That was after 4 months off. My Boss was not happy with me. Both shoulders are still hurting and can not raise my arms much higher then my head. I really don't know about the shoulder replacement, if I want it. A Niece works at a bone & joint clinic and tell me good things about the replacements. My advice is do as the Doctors says and do your physical therapy.

    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 01-18-2022 at 05:44:04 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • You may want to consider a reverse shoulder replacement. Starting to see more of them than the usual ones. My wife works for one of the best shoulder surgeons in central Virginia and she says he does a ton of them. He's also invented one of the components that are used. A good friend just went through this and I was amazed at how quickly he was back to a full range of motion. I've had a ton of friends go through rotator cuff repair over the years and based on what I've observed from them, this type of surgery would be put off as long as possible. But the shoulder replacement, based on my buddy and what my wife says seems to be a faster journey back to full use.

    One thing that I would recommend to anyone considering knee or shoulder replacement is to start your rehab exercises a month BEFORE your surgery. Work on strength-building and especially flexibility. I've followed this process for both of my knee replacements (just had my left done on the 4th) and I've recovered a lot more quickly than most according to my surgeon and my pain levels have been much lower, allowing me to get by on Tylenol Arthritis strength and an occasional opiate. I was released from physical therapy two weeks early last time because I had met all my surgeon's goals. I have my first post-op exam on the 26th and the goal was 90-degrees of range of motion by then but I am already there as of last Friday.

    Whether or not you have the self-discipline to do this before surgery, you better suck it up and deal with the pain of rehab after. You have 90 days before the scar tissue sets up and then you will not progress from there. I'm still having in-home PT, so I took another tip from my wife and I take a pain pill an hour before Wretched Gretchen (my physical terrorist) gets here. Still hurts but allows me to tolerate it enough to do the work.

    Good luck with yours.

    Jack - Iowa    Posted 01-18-2022 at 09:10:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
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  • Ed,

    Love that title! I had both knees done at the same time 18 years ago. Swore that therapist was going to hand me a bloody stump! Little gal but she knew how to use every inch!

    I finished up on a Schwin Air Dyne. Lowered the seat one knotch each day as I got on it. Stopped when the seat was on the cross bar. Then I climbed around on farm equipment.

    Have full range motion of both knees. Can kneel on both knees however it took much longer to get there on the left knee.

    Therapy pain is part of the process but absolutely necessary if you want a full life!

    Good Luck!


    Ed Gooding (VA)    Posted 01-18-2022 at 16:55:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Kneeling on my replaced knee has been the weirdest part of the process. It doesn't hurt at all but it just feels super weird. I bought some gel foam knee pads to use and they are a huge help.

    Richard Holland    Posted 01-02-2022 at 21:09:51 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
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  • Yes. Ben there done that. Took a fall back when I was working on a concrete floor. Landed on my right shoulder. Had trouble lifting my arm above the waist. Outpatient surgery and evential p/t. Surgeon said don't injure it again because it couldn't be re-attached. So far so good and that was 7 or 8 years ago. PT wasn't all that long but weight limits for awhile. I was delivering auto parts at the time. Hopefully you to will do ok as long as you follow instructions. Good luck!

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