Just wondering if anyone here has had a shoulder replaced? and if so how much it has changed your ability to continue to do mechanical work?
About 61 years ago i was unlucky enough to get my arm caught in the wringer on a washing machine which pulled off much of the upper part of the upper right arm. For about the last six years it has really been acting up and in December 2010 had surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff and scrape out a bunch of arthritis which was a result of the initial injury. The surgeon told me then that I would need a complete shoulder replacement in the next 3 to 5 years.
About a year ago it started hurting again and through VA I had eight weeks of physical therapy with no good result. I have been getting steroid injections in the shoulder for the last eight months but they only last for about six or seven weeks and the pain returns and they will only do the injections every three months. The percoset pain pills are not doing the job anymore.
Yesterday I drove the 220 miles to the Detroit VA hospital only to be told by the PA that the two Orthopedic Surgeons only worked every other Friday. So had to rescheduled for September 12th. He told me that I may as well sell my tools because the recovery from the shoulder surgery will be at least eight months and maybe double that long and even then I would probably never be able to do mechanical work again.