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  • Charlie
    started a topic Question: Is your shoulder repaired?

    Is your shoulder repaired?

    Ten years ago I had a rotator cuff repair on my right shoulder. All is well with that. Three years ago I wrenched my left shoulder (protecting my right of coarse), should have done something then ... but didn't then, have now. My question lies in the proposed repair. Has anyone had the "reverse repair" as the doc called it? Sounds like they leave the socket on top, change the ball on your arm bone to a socket and place a ball in-between. Sounds simple but I know it's a more invasive surgery.

    Wondering if you have had this or know someone close who has had this procedure? How did it work out for you/them? Anyhow thanks for the input, if anyone sees this way down here.

    Charlie

  • duckhunternate
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    Just found this thread and had a question. I'm dealing with some shoulder pain but have been told by my doc it's not rotator cuff. My chiropractor thinks the pain's originating in the biceps tendon, but other than strengthening doesn't have a lot to suggest.

    That made me curious where you felt pain, how bad it was, and what caused you to pull the trigger and finally get it fixed. How's the shoulder now months after surgery?

    Mine isn't bad all the time, but aches periodically (noticed it after I carried a shotgun around for hours on pheasant opener), with sharper pains when I try to reach behind my back (taking a coat off can hurt a little if I reach too far).

    Your insights could be helpful. Thanks!

  • Charlie
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    Originally posted by JKL View Post
    What do you do when you get a 2nd opinion and its a 180 from the first Doc? Should you go for a 3rd and pick the route two Docs agreed on?

    Its a serious question. I've never had surgery or anything invasive enough that I felt a 2nd opinion was needed. I'm sure I will eventually.
    I felt the second opinion was more in line with a measured approach to the solution. In other words, do the normal repair it should work well. If more is needed down the road, look into the other approach again. In my mind the two opinions gave me a choice of two paths, I chose the least invasive one.

    Charlie

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  • Charlie
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    Originally posted by Fishingnerd33 View Post
    If you follow the rehab protocol and what the doctors say, life should be better after surgery. I'd do it again if the issue arose again.
    Absolutely, follow instructions. I'm four weeks post surgery, none of the pain/ache I've lived with the past few years. Rehab is good if you can surrender your self to the manipulation; you fight it or stay tense IT WILL HURTTTTT. Do your home exercise, all should be well ... it is for me. One of the simple exercises I do does cause me to slow down, it pinches some.
    Yes, a year for complete return of function, some time longer for strength increase.

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  • Fishingnerd33
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    I had my shoulder repaired back in 2008. I had just about everything done to it besides rotator cuff. Those muscles were good, but my labrum was torn in several places, biceps tendon was frayed, capsule was stretched out. I don't have the strength in that area I used to, but overall it was completely worth having the surgery.

    Rehab sucks. 8 weeks in a sling, 6 months not being able lift more than one pound. It was about a year until I could lift more than 5 pounds.

    If you follow the rehab protocol and what the doctors say, life should be better after surgery. I'd do it again if the issue arose again.

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  • NEBucks
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    Going in for surgery next Thursday on my left shoulder...my dominant side. I know it needs to be done, but I am not looking forward to the rehab. Hopefully, I will be ready for firearms deer season. Pretty sure I am going to miss out on archery deer season. I was also told no fishing.
    Last edited by NEBucks; 04-05-2017, 10:31 AM.

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  • JKL
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    What do you do when you get a 2nd opinion and its a 180 from the first Doc? Should you go for a 3rd and pick the route two Docs agreed on?

    Its a serious question. I've never had surgery or anything invasive enough that I felt a 2nd opinion was needed. I'm sure I will eventually.

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  • Charlie
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    Originally posted by rjd View Post
    Your reverse repair is usally done if there is joint damage correct ?
    I'm certainly happy I had the first one (R) done, pain free and able to fish n hunt (work too) 10 years. I'm only 9 days into second (L) repair and it's pain free compared to pre-surgery. I've got some pain from surgery and will have some from therapy, normal stuff.

    As far as the reverse, the reasoning for it: I can't tell you with any certainty. I think it's to be used when "normal repairs" won't work. And once you have the reverse you can't go back and it's only "good" for 15 years +/- (what the first Doc told me). I'm planning on fishing & hunting with many other projects also for well over 15 years. My second opinion Doc said we can always do the reversal, but he was sure it wasn't needed.

    Charlie

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  • rjd
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    Week 4 on my rotator cuff repair . Feeling great . Glad I got it done .
    Your reverse repair is usally done if there is joint damage correct ?

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  • Charlie
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    Went to another doc for second opinion. His idea was to do normal repairs. This seemed more reasonable approach. Repaired last Tuesday. Be ready for Canada trip.

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