After four weeks, facility managers reported that they would very soon discharge her to go home alone because there were no further goals to meet Medicare criteria for her continued stay until she could use the right arm again. She knew she would be unable to function at home alone. Appealing this decision based on her pre-existing condition of post-polio paraplegia was unsuccessful, but the facility did eventually allow her to stay longer after a follow-up visit with her surgeon.
He gave her permission to begin some controlled motion exercises with the shoulder and to use the right upper limb below the elbow for ADLs. After a nine-week stay, the rehab facility discharged Liina to go home. She could now perform basic ADLs from her scooter with great difficulty— involving much time, effort and ingenuity. She received home therapy services for three months and increased the strength and ROM of the right shoulder. By five months post-surgery she was able do all of her basic self-care independently with only mild to moderate additional effort and modifications than before surgery.
She still could not stand up again after normal seated bathroom toileting, which limited her community re-entry. Her right shoulder ROM was very good and she had no significant shoulder pain. He began targeted strengthening exercises for the right scapular stabilizing muscles and advanced her generalized upper body-strengthening program in order to assist her reach the goals of standing independently after seated toileting and for reaching high objects from standing. She remained quite taken aback by how long her recovery was taking.
Looking back, she felt that her surgeon had misled, even betrayed her, with false expectations, conflicting messages and unresponsive communication. Before the surgery, he said that recovery would be easy. Since early on, he had ignored her questions. Her frustration grew when he would not return her emails and phone calls. He stated he had successfully operated on two other post-polio patients, but would not provide clearance for her to talk with them about their experiences.
She continued to have some negative feelings about both his insensitivity and what seemed to be a disregard for her disability. At this point in her recovery, she worried more than ever about staying financially and physically independent. This is particularly true for any functional goals that have been lost and are hoped to be regained, or for functional goals critical for independence that are in jeopardy of being lost.
While pain reduction and improved ROM may be desired, and are considered likely to be obtained from a successful surgical procedure, the achievement of any eventual post-operative goals dependent on higher levels of upper limb strength are harder to predict. Due to many unpredictable intervening variables, their achievement may require prolonged challenging effort by both professionals and patient.
Honest and frank discussion about this reality pre-operatively between surgeon and patient can mediate any disappointing results. This case in particular elucidates the current paucity of medical knowledge about successful post-operative restoration of weight-bearing function with the shoulders and upper limbs after a new reconstructive orthopedic procedure on the shoulder joint.
Given the impressive results of TSAs for reducing pain and restoring functional ROM for otherwise able-bodied people, these procedures are likely to be offered to and considered by people with chronic lower limb motor disabilities more frequently in the next 10 years. Second, it is inevitable that there will be greater need for TSA in the burgeoning older age cohort of people living with conditions such as post-polio, spina bifida, cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and other neuromuscular conditions who routinely use their upper limbs to bear full body weight.
A medical literature review identified only two reports that addressed outcomes of TSA among a few people with paraplegia including two patients with polio. Many efforts at new and improved designs of utilized hardware and for surgical tactics are likely; but specific study, or even note, of the special needs, problems or complications of people with chronic lower limb disabilities having these procedures seems unlikely.
Not enough is known about post-surgical functional outcomes in people who regularly need to use both shoulders to support their full body weight. Clear goal identification for having any procedure, excellent communication between patient and surgeon about goals and special needs, and consideration of second opinions are also recommended. I am also promoting to my surgical and rehabilitation colleagues further investigation of strength and functional outcomes achieved after these procedures among people who rely on body weight bearing shoulder function.
Now, nine months after her surgery, Liina reports that she is slowly regaining her strength and function, but is still not back to her pre-surgery capabilities. Astonished by the potent consequence of short-term muscle disuse for polio survivors, she has been dismayed by several post-surgery shockers. First, her total upper body strength is diminished, on both the right and the left sides.
Second, crutch walking is now grueling and, right after the operation, she could not even move her right leg to take a step, as she was used to doing before the surgery. Third, Liina is functionally able to do a greater number of activities than she could right after her surgery, but she has also needed a greater number of environmental supports, which have been expensive. She purchased an adapted minivan and paid a contractor to construct a new door built into the sidewall of her one-car garage for entering and exiting her car, using the side ramp.
She also bought an electric bed that raises, lowers, and has bedrails. She had more functional grab bars installed in her bathroom and bought a seat height extender for her scooter. Liina shares that she has learned firsthand how debilitated a polio survivor can become after just two months of inactivity. She was led to believe she would have a short recovery time. But even nine months after surgery, an all-encompassing sense of exhaustion when doing previously-normal activities has been overwhelming.
She also recommends that the post-polio patient learn everything possible about Medicare payment guidelines. After sharing this article with the Rehab Center, they got around it somehow, but she felt that at least it was self-empowering to wave it at them. She also warns not to trust the knowledge that an inexperienced social worker may have.
Hers was not helpful at all. She also had a home physical therapist early on who was not helpful due to lack of post-polio knowledge. So, the advice is: prepare. Find a strong, enduring personal advocate before surgery and go into surgery armed with a list of resources such as senior centers, The Area Agency on Aging, Medicare, other insurance company numbers, PHI, local polio networks and support groups.
Liina has been home for seven months now and is doing regular physical therapy at home and at a special supervised physical therapy gym program. She has re-joined WeightWatchers to lose a little weight. She reports that the pain in her right shoulder is indeed gone and she moves it much more easily. She also reports that this experience has certainly been enlightening, but she would definitely think twice about having the same surgery in her left shoulder, which her surgeon recommended, if it further deteriorated.
She is still not back to her desired level of functioning yet but is hopeful about making new gains. Liina says her story of surgery is definitely still a journey in progress. As a polio survivor who grew up walking with crutches and braces and now at the age of 69 uses a scooter full time, I am very grateful to Liina for having the courage to reveal her private story to the rest of us. Even from the sidelines, hers has been a fear-provoking experience for me to witness and imagine. In the past, I had had firsthand experiences with broken legs that had taken nine months to heal and involved extensive rehab—and that was when I was much younger.
What would happen with major surgery at this stage in life? At times, I was so worried for her. But I have also been impressed with her hutzpah. From my perspective, she took a huge medical risk. But Liina is steadfast. She has been resolute about getting through this ordeal. Liina has shared her arduous ordeal so we may better prepare for any future major surgery that might be prescribed for us.
Shoulder arthroplasty in the paraplegic patient. J Shoulder Elbow Surg ; 19 : Replacement arthroplasty in the weight-bearing shoulder of paraplegic patients. J Shoulder Elbow Surg ; 13 : The condensed version of this article was just published in the Spring edition of Post-Polio Health , the quarterly newsletter from Post-Polio Health International Volume 33, Number 2. Sunny this would be good to share with physicans and hospitals that work with Polio Survivors who might need surgery of any type. Also if Lina agrees maybe posting on other Polio Survivor sites.
My prayers are with her to recover to the fullest extent.
It was interesting to read about these insights and hindsights. It took a VERY long time to come good, which means it was difficult to get back into reasonable fitness. Extremely valuable reflections and insights! Thank you, Sunny, for giving this discussion a platform. So I can imagine how distressful this has been for Liina.
She is indeed a brave soul, and I hope in 2 years her quality of life is improved. Thanks for the information! I had a biceps tenedosis 4 weeks ago. I also tore the labrum from the top down into the joint, had several bone spurs removed, arthritis cleaned out, tore the bicep slightly and a partial bicep tendon tear at the bicep connection and a shoulder decompression. I have to say my pain was minimal. It was uncomfortable the first few weeks sleeping but really no bad pain.
I still have 2 more weeks of wearing the sling but get to take it off at home and in my office. Ray b — Yes, my bicep looks normal now after my surgery. If they were to have just cut the tendon and left it hanging which they do sometimes , the bicep will then be lower on the arm if that makes sense. Thanks for posting this. Excercises are rough right now, and on heavy, nauseating drugs. Great post, Neely, thank you.. I am going in for this surgery next week and wanted to know what I was in for, recovery wise. AL C — Good luck with your surgery! I just updated this post with my other shoulder blog posts.
You can see them here:. Neely, Glad your recovery was awesome. I am a little over 11 weeks out from rotator cuff repair and bicep tenodesis. Still weak as a kitten, but I can feel strength returning slowly. One thing I went through that could have been avoided was suffering withdrawal from the oxycodone. Ive been living with the pain for over 25 years, not knowing what was wrong with me. It began after running into a watertight door on a submarine with my shoulder. I am 47 yrs old and 8 days post biceps tenodesis surgery, bone spurs and arthritis as well. I am happy to report that i have had little to no pain, just achy can tell i had surgery lol.
I am a massage therapist, so not sure how long he will keep me off work. Hoping for the best and return shortly. Your recovery is very encouraging. Thank you you! Hopefully all is well now and no more injuries for you. Thanks for sharing. I am a 46 year old male enjoying CrossFit and Olympic lifting.
I had a torn labrum that resulted in a bicep tenodesis, 3 anchor labrum repair and subacromial decompression. All I can stress is that you have to talk to your surgeon and therapists! Yell them your goals! Thanks for the info. I am 59 and had the same procedure along with bone spurs. I bruised quite a bit after the operation but i think this was from age and lots of over counter pain meds. I am 9 days post op and started PT on day 2. My doc told me to take the sling off on day 2 but use it as needed. I put my shirt on backwards today….
Not an easy task but i can raise my hand over my head. I am limited to lifting 1lb. I am just hoping to get full rang of motion by 6 weeks. I was thinking i would be fully recovered in a few weeks but your post is making me realize that the small steps will get me there and not to rush it. You have recovered very nicely. I want the same. Just had the exact same surgery 10 days ago. Had my follow up appt today. My Doc says no lifting and he might consider letting me go back to work in another month. But he was leaning towards more like 3 months.
I was advised to keep my arm in the sling for one more week and then start lifting no more than 5 lbs. I start PT next week and well see if I can him to help push things along.
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He was an army doc for a long time and I was in the army as well so he understands the need to return to duty. I am a firefighter too and on November 16th I go in for labral tear repair, tenodesis and distal clavicle resection. I am curious how long you were off. I was told 3 months with a best case scenario being 10 weeks. I am pretty active and am going in with most of my strength and range of motion. Not looking forward to being shut down and hoping for a quick full recovery. Just curious if anyone has experienced extreme difficulty moving their arm up the back after shoulder surgery?
I am 14 weeks out from Labrum repair, decompression, and my bursa being cleaned out. I have been doing PT since day 2. If you have experienced this, how long did it take to regain that motion? Michele — Have you gotten deep tissue body work done? If not, I can not stress how much that helped my recovery and range of motion. Find someone who will go very deep and make it hurt. Dry needling and acupuncture can also be extremely helpful. I thought I would go ahead and share mine as well because […]. Hey my name is Danny and I had the same exact surgery almost two months ago. My surgeon Dr.
My surgeon had me in a sling for 5 weeks, which seems excessive after reading about your experience. And boy can I relate to your experience with pain meds! My main reason for reading about your road to recovery was to see how getting back into some yoga might help at this point. Your blog came up on a google search on the subject and after reading I feel much better about the idea, and plan to get a class in today. Thanks so much for sharing!
I feel much more empowered in knowing whats going on with my body, and thats really important in all ways. Thank you. How is the recovery going? My daughter goes in for this surgery in 2 weeks. Trying to see what we have infor us. I must say I am so happy to read the success!!!! My 14 year old daughter will be having this procedure next month.
This will be her 2nd shoulder surgery in 1 year. She is a high level swimmer and a softball player. She has been heartbroken and in pain for 1 year! This truly gives me hope that not only she can be pain free but she maybe able to return to her sports. Thank you for your post, it helped me go ahead with my decision on Bicep Tenodesis surgery. Any advice? Was it just the tenodesis? If so, I can only speak from my own experience and what my surgeon and PT told me, but that seems totally unnecessary. Best wishes to you!
My doctor wanted me to get it moving pretty quickly. Once I was able to actively move it, everything has progressed fairly quickly. Pulling movements light pull-ups, curls, etc. Pressing movements like bench press and overhead press are a little tougher but are getting easier by the week. Best of luck to you!
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Hi, I am not sure if you still check this as it is an older article. I am a 49 year old aerial performer and about to undergo bicep tenodesis for a SLAP repair. I have been super nervous about my career possibly ending. Your article gave me hope, so thank you for taking the time to write it. My PA swears I will start back on the equipment by week 8, but to get back to my level will take a bit longer. I am not happy about losing all my muscle, but hope it comes back quickly. Hi Terri — Your muscle and strength will come back! Just make sure to do your PT and get regular bodywork done to work out the kinks.
Find a good sports massage therapist, dry needler, rolfer, or something else besides just a feel-good massage therapist no offense to those massage therapists — this recovery just requires a little bit more pain than that , and make sure you go every week if possible. So glad I found this blog!! Hackett will be doing my surgery 3 days. You further increased my confidence in his expertise; I have heard wonderful things about him; fortunate to have him as my surgeon!
Your shoulder sounds a lot like mine. I hope for the same recovery success, but I, too, lost some muscle mass last month, bummer.. But I know I can get it back, just a bit more work. Thanks again! I would be grateful to hear what you think on this…thanks. Otherwise, they can just cut it and leave it and your biceps muscle falls down toward your elbow. If they tacked it back down, you should be fine.
Oh Neely, thanks for the info! Hi from Liverpool UK Ill be having both the labral repair and tenodesis soon so I know now what kinda nonsense I can look forward to You star! My PT has me lifting a 1 lb weight and if I lift more than that my arm swells near the re-attachment. I wish I was doing as well as you did and could think about playing tennis at 6 weeks, but I think it will be more like 10 — 12 weeks before I can do that. Thanks for all the comments, it is good to see how others are handling the procedure.
Thanks for this post! Looks like you posted this just a few months later. Anyway, I had my surgery in October and recovered OK. Hi I just had my surgery on Aug 3, and I begged for this surgery after 9 years of pain. My problem was the same as yours but no one wanted to do the surgery until we got to fort carson.
The dr was amazing from bedside to after surgery, he explained everything point by point but i already did my research I was just happy he did it for me. My experience was slightly different than yours. The hospital let me go with out eating but i made my husband go get me a whooper because I was starving, then I passed out. The day after surgery I was in rehab yeah not fun and I cried the first day but after that I trucked on with the pain and loved the ice pack after. Week 2 I hardly wore the sling unless I was going some where and week 3 I started College so that was the only time I wore the sling.
In 5 months I will be having the same surgery on the other arm so I hope this one is fully healed or better. My friend had the same surgery and she waited 2 weeks for rehab and she is 2 weeks ahead of me and she is suffering with muscle loss. So to any one getting this surgery make sure you go straight into rehab the next day. Good luck and thanks for sharing your story Debbie.
I have a desk job that can be done from home, whether sitting in a chair at a desk or lounging with a laptop on my lap. Hey Jake — Good luck with the surgery! I hope it fixes you up. I was definitely on my computer within a couple days after my surgery. I was on lots of drugs, so it was a new experience for me to work all messed up, but it was fine. Seth was working within a couple days as well. You should be fine. I have severe anxiety and am terrified of getting a blood clot. Any suggestions? Hey Eva — Honestly, I had severe anxiety before my surgery, too.
It might be that your biceps tendon is being impinged by a bone spur like mine was, which can cause a lot of pain. I have had MRI after MRI and no one wanted to touch the bicep tendon even thought the results said it was inflammed really bad I lived with injections and meds for 9 years. I love my dr so much so he is doing my other arm come january. His collegues thought he was nuts because i also suffer with fibromyalgia and he told them that if i am hurting and there is something wrong he will do his best to fix it. So my advise to you to make sure you have a dr that will listen to your pain and not the insurance companies because ultimatly if he doesnt let them know that you need this they wont pay an you will suffer.
I am post op 5 weeks and i can almost do every thing i did before. I do have some residual pain but my bone is still healing that will be like that for months. Tomorrow I will be 3 weeks post opp. This is my 3rd shoulder surgery. Weight lifting in high school but college to current day no real heavy stuff; general weight training and cardio. I stay in pretty decent shape. When it started to keep me up and night and taking several weeks to subside I decided I was ready for something to try to fix the problem. You get to learn a lot about shoulder anatomy over the years.
Any bones spurs or sharp anomalies will over time saw tendons down.
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In this first surgery I had sub subacromial decompression with acromioplasty bone spur removal and one suture anchor was put in place to repair a partial tear in one of my rotor cuff tendons. Recovery and PT were pretty quick and for the most part I was very satisfied. In after my Left shoulder started acting up with the same symptoms I had surgery on the Left. Same Orthopedic Surgeon who tried cortisone a couple of times before going with surgery on the Left shoulder. No tears of tendons on my Left shoulder so the procedure was just decompression and acromioplasty.
Same story with recovery and PT. Felt great. More PT and yep more cortisone and things got back to somewhat normal but by the end of I started experiencing more of the similar symptoms I knew all too well. Mainly in the Left shoulder but also in the Right. At one point they both were killing me at the same time! Cortisone is not a solution. I dealt with the pain until about February of this year when I started having numbing in my fingers on my left hand. I went to a chiropractor who looked over the MRI and MRI reports and started working on the Teres Minor muscle which was in a knot one of the 4 muscles that make up the rotor cuff complex.
Half a dozen chiropractor visits to work the knot out with very deep painful massage. Working that muscle literally took my breath away! Time for a second Orthopedic opinion. After handful of referrals I settled on a new surgeon. By now you probably have learned the long head biceps tendon is anchored in the labrum where it constantly pulls on and tears the labrum away from the bone. Relocating the biceps tendon to the arm alleviates pulling on the labrum and it also removes that tendon from the mix of tendons, muscles, ligaments etc.
Exercises from my Ortopedic and PA are shoulder shrugs, squeezing my shoulder blades back and pendulum swings. As many have said before the sling really helps to keep you out of trouble. PT will be starting in next couple of weeks and will likely be longer with the tenodesis recovery.
If all goes well in next couple of months I will have the same procedure done on my Right shoulder and pray this is my last shoulder surgery. That will be procedure 4…. Hey guys. I am not a climber, but I ran across this post online. I recently had surgery and am 2 weeks post op. I actually had 4 procedures done at once, Biceps Tenodesis, Subacromial decompression, Distal Clavicle Excision they shaved some bone off the AC Joint, and joint debridement. I am an avid weightlifter and after a year of working around pain, I decided to do something about it.
I was very nervous about surgery, because ive never had it done. I know pain tolerance varies by person, but for me the pain was not as bad as I thought it would be. I try to avoid them at all costs. I am making awesome progress so far and am looking forward to getting back in the gym, though it probably will be another months before that is allowed. I just wanted to share this information with anyone who is maybe on the fence on whether or not to perform surgery.
Its really not that bad, and for me, the worst part is staying home from work not being able to do anything cabin fever. Thanks guys! My Ortho is giving me both options — just cut the tendon and leave it, or, reattach it to the humerus. His story is that major athletes have had both types with no loss of performance. Just curious to what you heard for fixing your shoulder. Thanks, Doug. So he always reattaches it to the humerus. Honestly, the reattachment point was by far the most painful part of my healing process.
Good luck with it! I feel all my pain now is coming from the anchor on the outside of my arm, Its also isuper painful at physical therapy when he tries to stretch it, almost like they cut it too short. I just hope all this passes and I get my range of motion back to somewhat normal. Almost going on 3 months. I am 9 weeks post op rotator cuff tear and bicep tendon repair and my elbow has been locked since coming out of the sling 3 weeks post op. My PT says my rotator cuff is healing fine but not sure about this elbow and hand issue.
I was put into a Dynasplint with tension today. Any advice.. Are you able to move your hand now, and what type of pain are you experiencing? My dr gave me the same option the difference is one the bicep just sits in your arm or two attach it to the humerous an I choose 2, the healing time is longer becasuer the bone has to heal but thats it. Long head bicep tendonisis , slap tear repair, glenhumeral joint cleaned up.
Then also had ulna nerve decompression in the elbow. I had a lot of pain in the shoulder and when I would raise my arm it popped and it would really hurt after that. So after Wc approved it, about 5 weeks later. We did the surgery, I have been in a arm cradle with a bumper on my side, I take it off only to shower and 4 times a day to lean forward and let it hang and go in circles 30 clockwise, 30 counterclockwise.
I fell almost a yr and a half ago, we tried shots and therapy this was the last stop. Do you remember about what your weight limit was around 45 days after your surgery? Thanks and best of luck to you and your husbands recovery. Raelene — Sounds rough — sorry to hear about your situation. I could probably not have curled more than like 15 pounds without some pain… My husband was in a similar situation after his first surgery. He was doing curls with like 10 pounds at that point I think. Sorry for the bad news.
Wow I can believe you were able to start using that shoulder that soon! I used to wake up with tons of pain but would go away 5 min after getting up an moving around. I am hopeful I will regain range of motion and pain will subside in another month. I had my surgery June I get throbbing at night and move it and feels better. I had moderate tear in supra. And bicep tendesis. Neely, Thanks very much for writing such an informative review on your experiences. Im 41 yrs male from Australia not a climber or athlete but love working out at the gym.
I was in the Gym 5 months ago using Seated Cable Row machine, I did 1 set and moved to another machine to do some leg work. I had a quick chat to someone next to me and when I moved back to the Seated Cable Row machine someone had changed the weight from 60kg to kg. It took another 5 months to really feel it was never going away. Putting cloths on the washing line is not possible and getting a box down from a high shelf is also not do able anymore. My only fear now is the op itself. I just got the 1.
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My surgery will be Arthroscopic Biceps Tenodesis left shoulder. Your information has put me as ease that there is a light at the end of the tunnel for this operation. Deano — That sounds like the most horrifying experience ever. Does this happen over and over to the same person, or is it possible to have multiple surgeries with the same anesthetic and NOT have it happen over and over?
Know what I mean? That would terrify me. Definitely get a good surgeon, though! I did a podcast episode with my surgeon recently and he talks about how to find a good shoulder specialist surgeon. I have had 3 hernia operations before and only 1 was bad. Wow — that sounds so awful… Ugh. Lifting 2kg with my surgical shoulder happened at about week 3 or 4. Just because of my surgery awareness issues. Just an update. Surgery cancelled. I saw the Dr at the pre-admin clinic and she seems to think the surgery awareness issue I had was my fault, so not really keen on seeing this Dr that is not going to look after me — specially as a Anaesthetist who controls my heart and breathing.
So surgery is put on hold permanently. Maybe when I find the right surgeon and Anaesthetist I will try again. How is that even possible? Well, my surgeon and anaesthesiologist were good if you want to fly to Vail, CO for your surgery! Good luck with it all. Great story. So far so good. I did a good amount of prehab before surgery though. What is bicep tendesis is it the same as tendinopathy? Got 2 torn rotator cuffs one partial one 6 mm at insertion got temdinopathy, labrum fraying,subscapular interstitinail focal tear.
Shoulder joint froze have adhaesive capsilitis getting some movement now. Sunscapular tendon cuses the most pain but doc sAys it partial tear. Eveything aches fter a whole yaer now hand burns unbelievably doc says he thinks i have crps. Hand is discolored forearm aches nerve pain but no crazy swelling can anyone relate? CRPS-complex regional pain syndrome. Baloney in my case. Locked elbow since sling removal 3 was posted op. Thank you for this info. I did have shoulder surgery in and promptly retore the labrum and biceps tendon climbing at the Creek later that year and have basically climbed on and off and had constant pain for almost three years since tear number two.
The first surgery was a complete nightmare with a bad surgeon and terrible pt back on the east coast. I now live in Denver and am psyched to have access to more forward thinking orthos. I am starting to think about a tenodesis procedure because life has been a bummer without climbing regularly. I think it really restricts what they can do to actually help people. Good luck finding one, though! Thank you! Have been searching for a long time to get a useful report! I am fighting with similar problems as you did! Both of them would recommend a tenodesis! Actualley, I am in a dilemma!
Climbing works but always with pain the day after! To be honest, that sucks! I am afraid that surgery could go wrong and it would be worse than it is now! How is your shoulder stability? I am really not keen on losing muscles! After dealing with the pain for over 6 months and not being able to climb even remotely as hard as I did before the injury, I took the chance and had the surgery.
I would do it over again if I had to. As for losing muscle mass, I lost a lot because I waited for so long before having surgery. My husband had surgery on both of his and he was climbing hard the day before each of his surgeries, so he lost very little muscle mass. What both of us did lose has come back quite a bit.
We drove 2 hours to see our surgeon every time, and it was totally worth it. Your rehab time will completely depend on what surgery you end up having. Best of luck with this big decision! Hi Neely, Does your husband has tenodesis in both shoulders? My story: I started having problems with my shoulders when I was 20 in the year , wakeboarding, they both started subluxating, I think I subluxated them like 10 to 15 times each before surgery, so I had surgery on the left in , and on the right in , labrum repair in both, anchors.
Hi Sergio — Yes, my husband and I both had tenodesis procedures done on all 3 surgeries between us. It sounds like a tenodesis would be a good way for you to go, since the biceps tendon is clearly causing your issues at least in part. SLAP tears come from the biceps tendon pulling on the labrum, and the dislocation can be caused by that. Just make sure you have a shoulder specialist as your surgeon! Best wishes to you, and let us know how it goes! All in all, it was 15 months of hell. At the time of surgery, the only movement I could make was elbow flexion. I finally found an excellent surgeon.
Granted, I have a long way to go in rehab as my muscles have wasted away but I am extremely hopeful. For me, the stabbing pain with movement was not as bad as the severe trap and scapular spasms that happened with relocating the slipped joint. Thanks so much for sharing this! My muscle feels like their wasting and my arm mobility is much worse then before surgery. And do you mind me asking how old you are? Hi Kelly — No problem. My husband has had 2 done — one when he was 29 and one when he was 30, so that seems weird to me but what do I know? I wish you the best with this — good luck!
Sorry if I am posting this late after your recovery but was wondering if you had pain a month or 2 after surgery? I had a partial rotator repair, Subacromial Decompression, and they had to grind a bone spur as well. Recovery is going well but I have pain in my hand when I use it. Perfect example is when I clap my hand I have pain inside my hand. Not sure if that is from the surgery or the nerve block they used and do you k ow if this is normal.
I have had 2 other major surgeries in my life and this was by far the worse. Ryan — Yes, I had nerve pain and tingling in my hand for a while after my shoulder surgery. It was really awful for the first month and then started to subside. I think nerve damage just takes time to heal. My doc thinks it was from the nerve block. Just give it some time! I recently had the misfortune of having to under a pretty intense surgical procedure. I had to undergo some reconstructive surgery in order to correct a severe trauma.
The whole process leading up to the surgery was traumatic for obvious reasons. I credit my super quick recovery to the blanket.
I also had tendesis done on r shoulder but because a fall happened. It took 1 yr for dr to do surgery, which i am. Anyone have this? I had a torn labrum and quite a bit of arthritus removed. I still have pain… i go to pt twice a week. Oh, i am 54…. Hi Joan — I actually had a lot of referred pain, and with a lot of bodywork I got it to go away time helped, too.
Doctor has indicated 2nd surgery is required which will be significantly less invasive than the first. Hi Neely, Thank you for this. So it was really reassuring to me to hear that I could expect to recover that. Best of luck in your ongoing recovery. This was the best anecdote I have read about it — thank you so much for writing it! Hi, I basically had the same surgery.