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
SHOULDER REPLACEMENT? ANYONE HAD ONE
Posted October 13, 2016 - 06:47 AM
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Posted October 13, 2016 - 07:00 AM
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
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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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