About

After trying to get as much information as possible about my upcoming surgery, I decided that it would have been nice if somebody who had this surgery could have given a firsthand account of their experience. Since I never found such a thing, I decided that I would produce one myself for those who are contemplating having this surgery. I hope that my effort here is helpful to you as you try to decide whether you should opt for having this procedure.

 

 

 

2 Responses to About

  1. J-me says:

    Hello I am so glad your recovery is going well so far. I came across your story after searching the internet for information about this operation and recovery. I should have the surgery done but have high anxiety about operations and how pain medication will effect me. Even after my c-sections I just took high dose motrin. Also I have a 7 year old and an almost 2 year old at home and really can’t fathom not being able to hold my daughter or change her diaper. Wondering when it would be until one could do those things, which no one mentions on the internet. For now I will try to rehab my shoulder back to where there is no pain hopefully and can get my little girl a little older. Well see what my shoulder thinks about that 🙂 I wanted to pass on a couple of sites that I found quite helpful and might provide you with some reading. One site would be: http://board.crossfit.com/showthread.php?t=68036&highlight=slap+tear+story (crossfit.com My SLAP Journey by Gravel Brown and others). Another one would be: http://www.crossfitchick.com/slap-tear-repair-surgery/
    God Bless

  2. tfranc says:

    ” I have a 7 year old and an almost 2 year old at home and really can’t fathom not being able to hold my daughter or change her diaper. Wondering when it would be until one could do those things, which no one mentions on the internet. .”

    Hi J-me,
    In response to how long it would be before you could do those things you mentioned, I can tell you that I won’t even begin to do much of anything with my right arm until 4 weeks out when I begin PROM therapy, which is therapy which is done with my arm and shoulder by a therapist (“passive” range of motion). So, even at one month, I won’t be moving my arm. I’m supposed to be in the sling for 6 weeks and not using it for anything except “assisting” type activities. No driving until I begin the therapy that I actually do – the non-passive type.

    So, that means you shouldn’t be doing the things you mentioned. And, if one of your children happened to bump your shoulder, it would hurt a lot. You could try to do more, but I’ve found that you end up paying for it with pain afterwards, and then you need pain meds.

    I put this surgery off since 2001, and I have a wife that helps me a LOT. I really want the best outcome possible, so I’m trying to follow the advice of my surgeon carefully. I certainly don’t want to go through this again because I was impatient.

    This Thursday will be 3 weeks since my surgery. I’ll let you know when I’m allowed to finally start doing some things, such as driving. I hope I’ve answered some of your questions.

    Take care and may God bless you too!

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