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Old 12-17-2020, 05:56 PM
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Due to traumatic fall akin to ice skates coming out from under you - not exactly but you get the picture. Left shoulder. Surgeon says 2 small incisions. Basically reattaching rotator cuff to shoulder. Early January timeline.

New to any of these these types of procedures. What can I expect good/bad/ugly.
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Depending severity of tears and which one of the four rotator cuff muscles involved will determine the length of recovery. Also if the long head of biceps is involved will factor. Usually they combine RTC repair with a subacromial decompression and a distal clavicle excision to reduce future impingement. Some people have minimal pain and others have more severe pain.

rehab length and recovery time will depend on the above and also the ortho’s protocols. Different orthos are more conservative than others

word of advice...do your home exercise program like you are instructed and PT will be much easier
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Are you left handed? If you are start learning to do everything with your right hand. I mean everything.

Been there done that. 2 holes in the front and 1 in the back. Get the shot to numb your arm. They'll stick a needle in your neck. You don't need it for the surgery because you'll be knocked out. You need it for when you wake up. Once that wears off the pain comes on strong.

You'll need the pain meds to sleep it hurts so bad. You'll probably be sleeping in a recliner. You'll need help getting dressed. You'll need help doing anything that requires 2 hands. You will literally have 1 functioning arm. If you're right handed it will be easier. I'm right handed and had surgery on my right shoulder. Mine was an extremely bad tear.

Do exactly what they tell you for physical therapy.
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1 year to recover.
Put that down in ink.

Get the ice machine for the shoulder wrap.
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Had it done 2 times to the same shoulder- re-tore it at the beach- don’t ask how. I was back at work in a few days (CPA) after both surgery’s . Pain meds for a few days. Get the ice machine - insurance may pay for it. You can rent a recliner for a few weeks like I did or sleep sitting up with a bunch of pillows. The hardest part is wearing the frigging sling for 6 weeks ALL THE TIME. Get signed up for PT as soon as the doc allows it. PM if you have other questions. Good luck.
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Op, is the switch or lever for your recliner on the same side as your repaired shoulder? If so it’s a pain in the ass. Btw, pain is different for some. I had my bicep tendon reattached, four anchors to repair the torn rotator cuff and grind down spurs. Surgery on a Wednesday off pain meds on Saturday and had full mobility with no pain when I started rehab. Good luck.
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Had a complete tear reattached with this same surgery last Halloween (2019).
3 months till “normal” use and 6 months without athletic things like skiing, wakeboarding, etc.
my advice is:
Get a GOOD recliner and test it really well for stability. I got a new one and it tipped 3 days after surgery which was horrendous. You will live and sleep in that recliner.

Good power strip for chargers, etc set up within easy reach of good arm.

Get an old fashioned TV dinner tray (or 2) that you can easily reposition yourself. Also an end table within reach for crap.

Easy on the pain killers. I took them for 2 days solid then gave them to my wife to hide somewhere (one in each “hiding” place) so that I didn’t screw up and take more thinking I haven’t. I ended up only taking one or two after the first two days.

DO YOUR PT!!!! The PT will stretch you and you will want to quit but man up and fight through the tears. I took mine really seriously and fought through and back to 100%. My buddy wussed our and is effed with pain and loss of motion. He admits he didn’t go all the time and never did the at home shit.

good luck, it sucks. Honestly the worst injury and I’ve had several breaks, tears, etc. you will live tho.
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Originally Posted by magua View Post
Due to traumatic fall akin to ice skates coming out from under you - not exactly but you get the picture. Left shoulder. Surgeon says 2 small incisions. Basically reattaching rotator cuff to shoulder. Early January timeline.
New to any of these these types of procedures. What can I expect good/bad/ugly.
1) PT after surgery is important
2) While on painkillers, especially the 1st few days, take one colace any time you take a pain pill
3) Assume a year until everything's back to normal.
4) wiping your ass with your other hand is challenging
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BTW, if you hunt, get a hand cannon and ground blind. I was out hunting after like BS 5 or 6 days but if you trip and fall you are effed. My SIL helped clear the path to the blind and my brother helped a bunch too. .357 with an 8” Barrell did the trick for me :-)
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I met a kid once while taking a friend to PT for her rotator cuff surgery. The kid was doing PT for his second shoulder surgery. He had not followed his doctor's instructions as far as physical therapy was concerned. His shoulder froze and had to have the second surgery to get it moving again.
A friend of mine had rotator cuff surgery a few years back, as well as having the bone spur problem fixed. 30 days on pain meds, 4 months to regain full range of motion - and that's with physical therapy three times a week.
Rotator cuff surgery experiences range from no big deal to a real pain. I sincerely hope your experience is a good one.
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I was a pitcher and jacked my left shoulder up which required the same surgery you are getting. No one gave me a “heads up” for the amount of work this was going to be.

Brushing your teeth sux
Wiping your arse sux
Putting on a t shirt sux

I was in college at the time and had my gf essentially play mom for me. It took me 8 months to get back to being able to throw again and then I tear it apart at month 9 and still live with the pain today. I aint doing that stuff again! This was at a top 10 D1 school with elite medical staff nonetheless.
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All kidding aside get yourself a Bidet!!!!

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Lots of good advice here.
To reiterate:
-there is no rushing the rehab. Follow your surgeons protocol to the letter. Count on 9-12 months for full recovery.
- a recliner is a must if you require sleep!
- pain varies. I was off the opioids in 2 days
- a bidet is very helpful
-do your PT
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I will need same, but only spur removal. RTC was damaged but not torn. With that I am expecting minimal pain and quicker recovery.

Any thoughts/experiences?
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Originally Posted by scottdd1 View Post
I will need same, but only spur removal. RTC was damaged but not torn. With that I am expecting minimal pain and quicker recovery.

Any thoughts/experiences?
It depends on the surgeon. A lot of them only want to go in once so they essentially do a complete pre-emptive repair.

Also, I'll add, MRI's of the rotator cuff, shoulders in general, are very unreliable.
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Had it twice - it is not as bad as most others making it out to be. Skip the nerve block unless you like having half your body numb. It itches and you can't feel the scratch. Just take some pain pills, and some Xanax if the pain pills keep you from sleeping. Buy some bamboo back scratches and keep around the house and in vehicle. Aslo, one of those trash-pick-up grabber gadgets. Get a chair for your shower and a hose-shower. You should have a nice recliner to sleep in for a few weeks. I had mine in June of this year, and I am 100% now. I am 59 and fat. Do your physical therapy - do what they tell you to do, and a little bit more. Also - if you don't already have a jacuzzi - get one! Against doctor's orders, I did not wear my sling when I was sleeping of just sitting around (after the first few days). I would just prop my arm in a comfortable position with pillows. Google sling after RC repair - there are some articles citing faster recovery without sling and abduction pillow. Then again, I am fat and have a natural abduction pillow. You will find that your biggest risk is involuntary reflex motions - like drop something and reach to grab it. Sling is good in public to keep people from bumping you, and comes in handy for shoplifting (by accident). Have fun!
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Had my right done in August (I'm right-handed). Bicep tear, super spanatus tear, bone spurs, arthritis. Four months later, I'm at about 90% strength, with 100% ROM. I also opted for the stem cell therapy while in surgery ($350 out of pocket). I have no idea if the stem cell is the reason for my recovery; as others have said, I was told it would be a year. And yea: PT. I never figured out how to wipe my ass with my left; so, maybe the reach around PT was part of the recovery.

Fish Haid has covered a LOT of the other subtle issues.

Good Luck! Oh yea; the ortho who did mine ONLY does shoulders; as in, that's it, just that.
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1 year recovery.
6 to 8 months no pain.

Same shoulder surgery your having to me longer than my open heart surgery to recover from.
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just turned 6 weeks from surgery. RTC completely detached, with L shaped tear, torn bicep, torn labrum, and bone spur. 5 holes. out of sling yesterday. close to -0- pain from day one, only if sudden move. Ice is good, but I really did not need it after 3-4 days. now 2 weeks of stretching before strength work. 71 yrs old. important to follow instructions, stretching for ROM, then bands and weights for strength. expect to be playing golf by April, or sooner cannot stress enough to do the stretching and strength exercises at home. I am sure I will still feel it for 12 months, but should be good to golf and fish by April. throwing the net was a %itch.
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If you're left handed, learn now to wipe your a$$ with your right hand. I can now successfully wipe with both hands, after having my right shoulder done twice, 20 years apart. Stick with the PT regimen to the letter. Take it seriously, I found the second time was a lot shorter than the first time, recovery wise, due to me pushing harder in PT. First time was a good 8 months, second time was just as bad, plus some bicep tears, and a torn bicep tendon, and I was only in PT for 3 months, and am now 100% with zero pain.

ice machine is a god send, kept swelling down, pain away during sleeping, etc. I took percocet and valium to sleep, rest of the time, advil. Sling SUCKS, especially in it 24/7 for 2 months.

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