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Old 01-22-2013, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Shoulder surgery

Took a tumble awhile back and have 3 tendons torn and removed from the bone on my rotator cuff. Gonna get cut on...have heard so many different reports on the success of these operations. Anyone have this done, and how did it do? Any secrets that helped with the rehab?
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Quite a few of the tanker drivers here have had rotator cuff surgery. We think it's from pulling drop hoses out of the transport tubes on the side of the trailers.

It's important to not try lifting anything during recovery. Keep your shoulder immobile even when you begin to feel good enough to lift because you'll re-tear the muscles and have to start all over again. DO NOT think you're healing quicker than the doctors think you are or should be. You're much better off taking a little extra time and letting it heal 100% before testing your strength.

Your doctor will tell you the same thing. Believe him.
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Ditto on what Jammer said. Listen to the doctor and the physical therapist. I went through shoulder surgery about 5 years ago to have bone spurs removed. Thought I was smarter than the people at therapy, WRONG, messed my shoulder up.

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had right rotator cuff surgery,just do what the doc says. when therapist wants to start you moving it listen to them you don't want to end up with a frozen shoulder.
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Re: Shoulder surgery

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Took a tumble awhile back and have 3 tendons torn and removed from the bone on my rotator cuff. Gonna get cut on...have heard so many different reports on the success of these operations. Anyone have this done, and how did it do? Any secrets that helped with the rehab?
I have had this kind of surgery. Therapy is the key. My shoulder was repaired 20 years ago. No more dislocations, numbness, or tingles. It most likely will be done laproscopicly now. You will be fine.
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I've had rotator cuff repair (rcr) done on each of my shoulders so I'll just tell you my experience and hope it will help you in some way. In '01 I had a fall and ended up with a massive rotator cuff tear in right shoulder. Dr told me it was a tough repair and may not hold. He was right. After going through surgery and rehab with tremendous pain, the shoulder healed and within 3 years it tore again.

Well it is still torn but am not in a great deal of pain so I live with it as long as I can because it is torn so bad that it cannot be repaired again. The Dr said the only option now is a shoulder replacement and I wont do that until I have to.

In '05 I fell and tore the rotator cuff in my left shoulder. It wasn't torn as bad so they were able to repair it arthroscopically. Piece of cake compared to the first one with very little pain. I have since torn it again but they think they can repair it but will have to open it up this time.

I have been able to make it so far with cortisone shots and pain meds without having surgery again. The Dr says one can only have so many of these shots in a lifetime (I'm 62) so at some point I will have to have surgery.

I'm certainly not trying to cause you any undue stress or fear I'm just relating my story. I still ride and will as long as it doesn't cause a lot of pain in my shoulders. I wish you well in your decisions and your surgery if that's what you choose.
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I haven't had that particular operation but I did have major shoulder surgery (Bankhart repair with a capsular shift and repair to a torn labrum). Surgery is the easy part. Rehab is the hard part. I'll echo others who say to follow the therapist's advice. You'll have to figure out the difference between good and bad pain. You cannot work on your range of motion too much (once you're cleared for it). The last thing you want is for the scar tissue to set in and you permanently lose range of motion. Nor do you want it to reach a point where they have to perform another surgery, manipulation under anesthesia/ scar debridement, to break or clean out scar tissue.

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I've had 3 on the left and 1 on the right.

The guy who was talking about retearing the muscle was wrong. Tendons aren't muscles, they attach muscle to bone. Ligaments attach bone to bone.

I completely severed my left rotator cuff tendon in a crash in '06. It just snapped when I bounced. It's now attached to my arm with a screw.

The two keys are the surgeon and the rehab. My 1st surgeon was a hack. 6 months after the 'repair' I still couldn't raise my arm in front of me. He said it just might not get any better. I asked around and found a competent surgeon. He went in once and cleaned up the hack's mess, then went in again and fixed things.

The right side started tearing because of having to do the work of both arms, I have a physical job. The 2nd surgeon fixed it, good as new. I didn't even have to see a therapist for it. I did my rehab at home, per the Dr's instructions.

Based on this sad story, I strongly reommend you do your research. Find a good Dr. Then do as he tells you. DO NOT shortcut your rehab.

My left side is functionally ok, but there are angles and geometries it can't do any more. And it's weak.

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Also depends on your age - I had Rotator cuff done at 59 yrs old and needed two anchors to reattach my biceps tendon. During the first 4 months of rehab I was convinced I would never be the same and would certainly never golf or ride a bike again. 2 years later I'm about 95% of what I was before the injury. Lot of pain, lot of rest, lot of rehab and you'll be OK down the road.
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