Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

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Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby twomillenium » Mon Aug 28, 2017 6:27 am

My wife fell a couple of months ago and after much "therapy" we decided to request (in a demanding way) an MRI. The MRI showed that there was damage that could only be repaired be surgery. She is scheduled to have this day surgery Tuesday morning, if Harvey permits, or as soon as it can be rescheduled. She has been reading about recovery and said it takes a year. This is causing her to worry too much about something that she can not control. After showing her that this will not heal without surgery, she has committed to go through with it. She is not as concerned about the actual surgery as she is about the length of recovery. (it did not help when I told her that her secret dream of becoming the first female starting pitcher in MLB was not going to happen). After 42 years of marriage, I have even learned how to load the dishwasher correctly (tho I prefer the by hand method) and make a bed per her specs. I ask for prayers that everything will be successful and for her peace of mind. I know that there are more people out there with bigger dilemmas, but I am thankful that God listens to all prayer.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby Excaliber » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:28 am

twomillenium wrote:My wife fell a couple of months ago and after much "therapy" we decided to request (in a demanding way) an MRI. The MRI showed that there was damage that could only be repaired be surgery. She is scheduled to have this day surgery Tuesday morning, if Harvey permits, or as soon as it can be rescheduled. She has been reading about recovery and said it takes a year. This is causing her to worry too much about something that she can not control. After showing her that this will not heal without surgery, she has committed to go through with it. She is not as concerned about the actual surgery as she is about the length of recovery. (it did not help when I told her that her secret dream of becoming the first female starting pitcher in MLB was not going to happen). After 42 years of marriage, I have even learned how to load the dishwasher correctly (tho I prefer the by hand method) and make a bed per her specs. I ask for prayers that everything will be successful and for her peace of mind. I know that there are more people out there with bigger dilemmas, but I am thankful that God listens to all prayer.
Thanks in advance,

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Before you commit to the big cut surgery, you may want to get a second opinion to see if your wife is a candidate for the new cowpatch technique. A friend of mine had this done a few weeks ago and she didn't need pain meds after the third day and had decent use of her arm right away. Her physical therapist was astounded. There are only a few docs doing this - I think there's only one in Texas, but it's worth looking into for the minimized pain and much more rapid recovery.

Another article can be found here.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby oohrah » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:52 am

My wife and I both have had the classical RC surgery. The biggest PITA is the six weeks in a bound sling. The real key to recovery is to actually do the PT exercises, and yes it does take 6-9 months, but it's not too uncomfortable after a while, and as for me I have recovered almost full range of motion and no pain. Everyone reacts differently of course, but for me it beat the alternative of waking up every night in pain.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby flechero » Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:58 am

Twomillenium- check out the procedure mentioned. Small tears don't heal in good numbers- and the whip of the rehab to have it not work is incredibly tough.


Excaliber wrote: A friend of mine had this done a few weeks ago and she didn't need pain meds after the third day and had decent use of her arm right away. Her physical therapist was astounded. There are only a few docs doing this - I think there's only one in Texas,


Would you mind asking who the Dr. was and letting me know? My first surgury did not take and the tear was much like the described purpose in the article linked above. I seems possible that I might be a candidate for this type of procedure.

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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby Jusme » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:04 am

oohrah wrote:My wife and I both have had the classical RC surgery. The biggest PITA is the six weeks in a bound sling. The real key to recovery is to actually do the PT exercises, and yes it does take 6-9 months, but it's not too uncomfortable after a while, and as for me I have recovered almost full range of motion and no pain. Everyone reacts differently of course, but for me it beat the alternative of waking up every night in pain.



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I had surgery on my left shoulder in 2012. The recovery time, was slower than I liked, but PT was the only way I could have recovered as quickly as I did. She will need to follow all of the instructions, including doing home therapy. They will give her exercises to do at home. I had a door mounted rope an pulley system, that I used religiously. It is painful, but after about 6 months of PT, my range of motion was almost 90%, and my pain level was almost nil.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby carlson1 » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:10 am

Praying for y'all and that the recovery will be quick.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby puma guy » Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:10 am

Prayers for her surgery to be successful, with minimal pain and full recovery.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby twomillenium » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:20 am

Thanks for the prayers. We looked at options, tear is complete with a 4 cm retraction of the ?? on the top, with a 4cm retraction and damage to the front. Doc said this would be done with micro-surgery and he has performed this many, many times. This is the same Doc that did my knee and foot with great results. Again thanks and keep us in your prayers.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby Excaliber » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:21 am

flechero wrote:Twomillenium- check out the procedure mentioned. Small tears don't heal in good numbers- and the whip of the rehab to have it not work is incredibly tough.


Excaliber wrote: A friend of mine had this done a few weeks ago and she didn't need pain meds after the third day and had decent use of her arm right away. Her physical therapist was astounded. There are only a few docs doing this - I think there's only one in Texas,


Would you mind asking who the Dr. was and letting me know? My first surgury did not take and the tear was much like the described purpose in the article linked above. I seems possible that I might be a candidate for this type of procedure.

Thanks!


My friend had the surgery by Dr. Scott Sigman in Massachusetts. The company that makes the implant is Rotation Medical. You might try contacting them to find out how you can locate a TX doctor that uses the same technique.

My wife may need this surgery too - she's undergoing tests now.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby thatguyoverthere » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:33 am

I haven't had to undergo this, but have known several who have. All of them had good outcomes.

I will pray for you and your wife.


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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby 2farnorth » Mon Aug 28, 2017 11:41 am

Had it done in 2011 when I was 61. Big cut required because of 3 separate tears. PT started with a electric operated arm exerciser chair, plus 3 times a week to a therapy center, and home exercises. Over door pulley, elastic bands, and unassisted motion exercises. I did all the exercises they said I should. Took 5 months to get back to work and have full range of motion. Now the only reminder is the 4 inch scar on my shoulder.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby Jnazee » Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:54 pm

A friend of mine is having this surgery right now. (Actually they should be in recovery by now)
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby RPBrown » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:45 pm

I had it over 15 years ago and I suspect that improvements have been made in techniques. Back then it was a full cut around the shoulder joint and over a year of recovery to gain 3/4's of the range of motion I had before the tear.
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby twomillenium » Mon Aug 28, 2017 8:43 pm

Due to Harvey, surgery has been canceled, and will be rescheduled as soon as liquid sunshine stops and flooding goes away. Keep us in your prayers. Thanks
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Re: Wife to have rotator cuff surgery

Postby puma guy » Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:08 pm

twomillenium wrote:Due to Harvey, surgery has been canceled, and will be rescheduled as soon as liquid sunshine stops and flooding goes away. Keep us in your prayers. Thanks

I kinda figured it would be postponed. I had surgery scheduled for tomorrow as well and it was cancelled late this afternoon. We'll keep her in our prayers.
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