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My husband had his operation on Thursday,24th March,
the day before Good Friday(we didn't choose the date!).
He had no previous shoulder surgery.He had arthritis in
the shoulder joint, no rotator cuff, severe pain and
limted movement. He is 80, the operation was done
It is 11days ago. The operation took 3 hours, because his
shoulder joint was almost square, however the operation was
successful. He was in hospital for 2nights. He came
home in a sling. His pain has gone, but he is on painkillers.
after 1week he has reduced the use of the sling to
protect him from being knocked wh out, and for sleeping.
he sleeps well on his back or his other side.
he has te wound checked every 3 days, and a blood
thinning injection each day for 24 days.
He has gentle movements to perform as instructed.
He is regaining some arm movement already.
There are few posts about this surgery, I want
to reassure people to think of it like primary hip
replacement, which we have both had successfully.
please ask any questions.
It is a positive outcome so far.
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clamp/ stitches removed. Still on painkillers, anti histamines
and daily injection of blood thinners. Not much pain till he put
his hand behind his back..forgot the rule.. We will confirm whether
this is a 'forever' rule on Friday when he has an X-ray and
consultation. He still needs help to dress.
. Physio is still 'gentle' circles, back/
forward movements, hand movements, relaxing shoulder.
How is your physio going?
means the backward movement is forbidden, but we will check
this info next Friday when we see the consultant.
were you given exercises to do.. You are an experienced
shoulder patient, but I think scar tissue causes problems when
you have to have more surgery, and there is hardly any info
on reverse shoulder replacements, though France has been
doing them for 20 years.
It is my husband's op, though I have two hips, and he has one
Sounds like your hubby is progressing well. Good to hear.
- Extension with an axial load (Example:Pushing out of a chair)
- IR & adduction with extension (use caution) [back pocket]
- Lifting maximum of 25 pounds
- No repetitive overhead reaching. Max of 1 - 3 pounds for overhead reaching.
- No jarring activities (hammering) or contact sports.
his X-rays tomorrow.. He is worried about his other shoulder,
he has pain, but full movement, probably needs monitoring.
There is a big difference of opinion re wearing a sling and driving.
here it was NO SLING after two weeks, unless you have pain,
and driving after 6 weeks.
he is still on painkillers, but can dress, shave, shower by himself.
like hip recovery we all expect to recover faster.
do you know how to exercise the new shoulder muscle, the
deltoid? We will ask the surgeon on Saturday.
I hope your hand is improving.
Cathie (for husband)
For the other shoulder, you might consider getting a cortisone shot along with some professional physio-therapy. I also hear of some successes with stem-cell treatment.
scar. His ability so far is upwards to shoulder height, hand behind
head, in front of body and (wow) behind body to tuck shirt in, or
put his hand in back pocket (this surprised us) apparently with some
prostheses you can, depends on mechanics of prosthesis.
he has to get strength in moving the arm outwards, thereby strengthening
his deltoid muscle, which looked like it went from shoulder inwards.
The pendulum swing, forwards and back, and the circles in front of the
body, plus raising the arm forwards, by using the support of the other
arm, are to be continued, five movements per exercise, 2 or 3 times
Twice weekly physio,till we see him again at the end of May.
he is still on painkillers, plus mild relaxant to sleep. He is allowed to
sleep on the operated side if it doesn't hurt, he has NOT to drive
(although he has tried and is able) in case some sudden action jars
his shoulder i.e. breaking sharply). His other shoulder is just arthritis,
the first weeks since surgery could have put a strain on it. He uses
Flexisec nightly, which works better than diclofenic.
Re your hand, have you tried the tennis-ball- type exercisers,?
i think ours was a heart charity giveaway..you just
squeeze several times a day....
please keep updating there is a need for more 'shoulder' information.
or any minor surgery, you must take antibiotics two days before,
throughout your life.. This applies to all prostheses, as infections
go straight to the metal, and stick like glue.
he has reduced his painkillers. THIS is WEEK 6.
the physio has proved challenging, and daily exercises
need concentration.. He is getting more movement slowly.
he has some pain, but copes with it,as it is the only way
to get the deltoid muscle to 'take over' its new role.
He can't yet sleep on his operated side.
his recovery continues.
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