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SHOULDER REPLACEMENT? ANYONE HAD ONE


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#1 farmer john OFFLINE  

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Posted October 13, 2016 - 06:47 AM

hi all. my surgeon and doctor are pushing a shoulder replacement , both ball and socket, I know it will be a slow painfull recovery and they keep telling me it will be life changing, I still work the farm, pull on wrenches, all the fun stuff but I am in pain for a few days after a good workout. so what I am asking is if you have had this surgery did it change your life?  I don't want to leave the farm but I also don't want to kill myself keeping it up as I have been told the replacement is a one shot deal, thanks for sharing any experiences you have had , john


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Posted October 13, 2016 - 07:00 AM

I don't know about the shoulder replacements. What I do know was from my neighbor. At 90 years old, she had a hip replaced. It then allowed her to walk her yard several times a day so that she could get in much better shape. She is now 100 years old but is slowing down abit. The joint replacements have worked well for a bunch of people I know. They have not gone well for a couple of people including my Mom. It is all a gamble but so is anything in life. The odds do appear to be well in the patient's favor.

You are right to think about it. If something went wrong, you could be worse off than before the surgery. If it goes right, you may be free of pain. Its a tough decision. Good Luck, Rick
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Posted October 13, 2016 - 07:21 AM

It all depends on the surgeon.  He is basically your human body mechanic.  Check him out just like you would your car mechanic.  Carolyn and I both had shoulders done, both were partial replacements.  2 different Dr.  I got along a lot better than she did and had faster recovery.  She had a hip replaced and I had a total left knee replaced.  Was hell for the first few weeks, but that was back in April and doing real good now.  Pre-op exercises are very important.  Big thing is the pain is gone.  Your reaching up with arm extended could be limited, same as reaching behind your back.  Would I do it again YES on both procedures.  As it being a one shot deal ? ?   I know a local farmer/auctioneer that had his shoulder done and went back full bore to soon.  Tore it up and had to have a second surgery on the same shoulder.  Now he don't lift, move or even use that arm for any heavy stuff and is getting along fine.  Another guy in town that runs a muffler shop that works over his head 90% of the time.  Had his done about 4 years ago.  Within 2 years from the surgery he was back working over his head again and still at it today.


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Posted October 13, 2016 - 09:22 AM

I had both of my shoulders replaced. I had very limited movement before but have great movement now. Never could get my right hand behind my back and now have a little with the left. Not as much as before though. The doc did a reverse, ball on body and socket on arm. If you want to come to Ohio I will recommend a very good surgeon. I did a rigorous PT so I could get back to my bowling but it was still 12 weeks before doc would let me. I basically haven't changed my life as far as lifting. My pain only lasted for a day or 2 after I got out of the hospital. I had to got to the hospital instead of the surgery facility because of heart problems.If you do your PT you should be able to lead a normal life.


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Posted October 13, 2016 - 09:55 AM

I had my right one replaced about five years ago & my left one about a year & a half later. I would highly recommend it. Like mentioned do your homework for a good doc. Mine was outstanding & my PT was awesome. The post therapy is so important so please do as instructed...DON'T rush your recovery. My first weight limitation was a cup of coffee. I asked my PT was that with cream or without, she said if I use cream don't use much. Lol I'm limited over my head for long periods but before I couldn't even raise my arms. I waited a long time to have my first one done, sometimes it would lock up & sound weird. After the surgery my doc told me I was bone on bone & he found bone chips in my joint. He also said within two years I would need the other one done. I don't regret it at all. I hope this helps because I was worried too. Praying God will direct you to a good surgeon, a good PT & all goes well with a quick recovery. Keep us posted.
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Posted October 13, 2016 - 09:55 AM

I just checked your profile to see your age....sometimes age will make a difference in results of this kind of surgery. My Olde Deere was 69 when he had his hip replaced, was a full time farmer, our machinery was state of the art in 1968 so required lots of maintenance. He was free of the pain as soon as he came out of the surgery, but as stated, it takes TIME to come back from this, and doing the P.T. religiously is key. And another thing..... they, (surgeons)will tell you you'll be as good as new, but they're doing the surgery, they're not the ones the surgery is being done on. It's a perspective thing,lol . And none of us is going to be twenty again, (six feet tall and bullet proof). Recovery is as much attitude as physical. If the current pain is bad enough that it takes the pleasure out of your way of life or your capability to do your work, I'd say consider doing it. My advice would be research your surgeon, talk to as many as you can who have had similar work done, and if possible have the surgery during the off season so you have time to do the physio and recover as much strength/mobility as you can before work starts again. Good luck.
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Posted October 13, 2016 - 02:29 PM

thank you all for your replys especially simplyrad and sawdust, I saw a surgeon about 4 years ago and his attitude was you wont be able to do this or that, even stuff I had done that morning before seeing him so I was not impressed, this new surgeon I am seeing is much more realistic and does not have that same attitude but he does infer  that things will be different, I am at the point when I wake up in intense pain and have to hold back a scream, if it was everyday I would be having the surgery but the intervals between  episodes is getting shorter from 10 days down to 2 or 3 days so its only a matter of time. thanks john


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Posted October 13, 2016 - 06:20 PM

Ask your surgeon to give you name of people he has done the similar work on and talk to them.  A surgeon is kind of like a car salesman, best at what they do.  But talk to the people that have delt with that one and you may get a different story.  A Very well known and respected Dr. in Omaha, and the one that did Carolyn's hip replacement, has an ad on TV of a person walking in to a hospital in the morning and walking out that afternoon after having a new knee put in.  He is the best of the best but the recommendations to him has to come from a well respected Dr.


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 09:53 AM

I had been seeing a rheumatologist for many years and she wouldn't recommend a surgeon till I started having pain on a daily basis. My surgeon only does joints above the waist. My biggest problem with the first shoulder was getting approval from from my heart Dr. Ended up getting a heart cath first.


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Posted October 14, 2016 - 11:16 AM

   I agree with the folks that say check out the doctor. My wife went to a "shoulder specialist", for shoulder surgery. She was in constant pain. Now she doesn't have the pain, also can't pull up her own pants. A month after her surgery the doctor quit doing shoulder work. Don't depend on the AMA to protect you from Quacks, they won't. Don


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Posted October 31, 2016 - 07:16 AM

Several years ago I started taking Fish Oil for joint and heart.  A couple weeks ago I ran out and didn't bother to take any for several days.  Then the knee pain came back with a vengeance.  Back on the fish oil and two days later could tell a big difference.  Strongly suggest the Fish Oil but they will want you to stop it a week prior to surgery.


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Posted November 04, 2016 - 12:41 AM

I'm in a sticky situation as well with my shoulder's. I've had rotatory cuff surgery done on my left now two times. Being my arms are also my legs, they just weren't made to do what I ask them... But now they said I would need a complete total reversal...

So my surgeon made some calls all around the US and asking if any of them have ever done a reversal on a person who is a paraplegic, and that's where it ended. To much of a risk for rejection, and infection... He (my surgeon) told me if I wanted it done, he would recommend another doctor, because after what he was told, he would never put me through the risks...

IF the area becomes infected they would have to remove everything until the infection was under control, then re-install the whole thing again... Would have a lifetime weight restriction... Not good when I have to lift my fat a#$ up by the arms. Just to many "what ifs" for me to take a chance. Granted, being where I am, verses someone in the w/p (walking people) is a big difference. You don't have to use your arm to it's potential every day, but I do, or I won't be going anywhere...

Good luck with your decision...


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Posted November 08, 2016 - 07:25 PM

While I am sorry for all with shoulder, hip, & joint pain resulting in surgery, I don't understand why it is a topic on a forum for garden tractors. What am I missing here?


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Posted November 08, 2016 - 08:23 PM

While I am sorry for all with shoulder, hip, & joint pain resulting in surgery, I don't understand why it is a topic on a forum for garden tractors. What am I missing here?

I agree. Espcially with it being in a certain tractor brand topic. Wouldn't it be more "off topic"?   On that note yeah my right shoulder has been giving me quite alot of problem lately....


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