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Long time lurker, first time poster. I've had just about everything in my arms done at the point; right shoulder decompression (2006), bilateral carpal tunnel and ulnar nerve release (2016), and most recently left shoulder decompression, calcium removal, and rotator cuff repair (Jan 2019). 6 weeks after this last surgery the RC repair failed. Now I'm scheduled for superior capsule reconstruction in 2 weeks. For those who don't know that is where they go back in and do another full repair, then place a donor skin graft over the repair that will eventually fuse with the tendons to give the repair an added layer of protection and better chance at healing.
Everything I've read online says nothing but good things about this procedure. I'm just curious if anyone has experienced it personally. The recovery for my last repair was so easy. I had some improvement in pain almost immediately. ROM seemed to be getting better very quickly as well. But that was actually to my detriment. I was out of my sling too soon, and using that joint too much. That's how I ended up tearing the repair. All it took was the tiniest movement, then "POP!" excruciating pain and my shoulder was worse than it had been before surgery.
I have a lot of cervical issues, as well as chronic migraines. So the sling is not a friend of mine. My neck can't support the entire weight of my arm for long before I start getting spasms and severe pain in my neck and/or head. But I realize I HAVE to keep my shoulder immobile for 6 week, at the very least, if I want things to work this time around. So any tips on how to deal with sling pain is greatly appreciated as well. I've already ordered a sheepskin sleeve for the strap on my sling. But I think the only real answer to avoiding neck pain and migraines is to avoid letting that arm hang too long each day.
If you got this far, thanks for reading. And again, any stories, tips, or suggestions are welcomed!!
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