Recovering From Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement

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Surgery 4 weeks ago. Incision healing well. Basic surgery seems to be progressing well. BUT, ... I have all the classic symptoms of radial nerve damage. Numbness near thumb/ can't straighten fingers or wrist/ numbness at outside of upper arm.    Anyone else experience this?  I'm concerned that my physio will be severely hindered by appropriate muscles not getting the right signals. To clarify, ... range of motion is not painful ... it's just not possible.

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    Sorry, to read about your accident. I am scheduled to have a reverse shoulder replacement in June, after a failed massive rotator cuff operation. Switched doctor and have done a great deal of homwork.  
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      It’s working! You must have the right doctor and good idea to also have a lassitimus dorsi transfer! It’s been 6 months and I have great range, no pain! 

      Almost lifting way above my head! Improving every day! 

      I highly recommend Jon Warner Mgh 

      Boston 

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    Hello, I had a left reverse total shoulder arthroplasty in February of 2016 and the right reverse total shoulder arthroplasty in July of 2016. After months of therapy and continuous numbness in both arms and hands a nerve conduction test showed severe nerve damage to both sides. Last week, February 21, 2017 carpal tunnel surgery was completed on the left hand and one is scheduled in march for the right hand. Too early to tell if there is any relief yet... The RTSA were completed after several failed rotator cuff repairs to both sides.
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    I had my shoulder done over a year ago, and my hand and arm is still numb, and my shoulder hurts all the time, I ask my surgeon and he tells me just give it time, if I know it was going to be like this I would never had it done,,, bu my shoulder was bone on bone, and now the other one is bad too, I am at such a lose, I just don't understand y no one can help.... 

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      Hmmm, don't know where you are, but I'd say if you can arrange for a second opinion, go for it. Otherwise try some kind of a supportive shoulder harness. Good luck to you man.

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    thank you doe your info.Im 6 weeks post op rt shoulder reverse repalcement, 57 y.o male. My thumb ,index and middle finger are still numb somewhat. does this get better? no shoulder pain just pins an dneedkes pain in fingers  and swelling. any insight would help me.
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    I have now had both shoulders replaced with the reverse artroplasty, Medial and radial nerve surgery, and have a corrective surgery scheduled for a loose screw. Still experiencing numbness in hands and, what I would consider, severe weakness. The "bionic man" idea certainly didn't happen in this case. I had both shoulders replaced within 6 months of each other, now 1 year post surgery.

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    I had reverse shoulder replacement 5 wks ago. My shoulder is doing well. Still have some swelling in hand and armpit (?). My problem is severe hand pain and carpal tunnel symptoms. I am trying to get off pain killers. It gets so awful I want to scream. My hand is numb and close to useless. My surgeon is sending me to a neurologist. If they ever call me back. I am desperately trying to find out if there is any hope. You folks have more answers than the medical people do. 
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      Yes, I still has swelling and pain in 5weeks, I also had laser therapy and on going acupuncture treatments, I’m also a Reiki master and would apply this everyday. 

      I’ve not had numbness, except that I’m starting to get neuropathy due to diabetes. 

      Prayers for a speedy recovery! 

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      I wish you the best! Sounds like you are trying good things. I just got an appointment to the recommended neurologist. February 6th. Will update as soon as I have some news. 
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      Well it’s been about 6 weeks since RTSA all is going well no pain.PT is going slow but is about to step up soon.Surgery was rough I had a nerve block that froze my lung
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      I am 10 weeks out and all is good I have 145 ROM, working hard at PT. I want to return to work.I work as a telephone repairman.My doctor says it’s possible,I return to him in 6 weeks, Does anybody have any thoughts on returning to a job that put you in this situation especially having a RTSA and needing a TSA on my left?
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      Hi Joan,

      You said, "My hand is numb and close to useless."

      If it is numb mostly in the area of the thumb and fore-finger, that is classic radial nerve damage. That may take a long time to recover. Mine did. Meanwhile, make sure that you force your fingers through full range of motion (ROM). If you let your muscles tighten up you will lose that ROM. Also, squeeze a soft rubber ball (or a spring-loaded flexer) ... even if it doesn't move (due to nerve damage), keep doing it. Look at your hand and will it/ imagine it/ force your mind to move it. This stimulates the nerve and helps the repair process. I think. Too hard to explain in detail. Ask others. 

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      Thank you for your advice. I’ve been using the hand as much as possible. I had an EMG. Pure torture by electric shock! It showed the damage comes from either the nerve block or having to pull the arm down to fix it. I was put on huge prednisone. Done now. About 50% improvement. Still hard to function with it and some pain left. Not near as much. Neurologist said it will heal. Like you said. I will be squeezing that ball and thinking the thoughts. Thank you for the hope. 
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