Surgery on shoulder

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I'm having shoulder surgery in 3 weeks. Any advice for showers? Girls any advice on how to get rid of armpit hair? Repair rotator cuff.

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    Get it waxed beforehand smile You won't be able to move your shoulder much anyway, so you won't notice the hair much.

    I took a lot of baths, but didn't soak the shoulder area and washed my hair in the sink or went to a salon to have a blowout.

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    Yes, I epilate my legs, arm, and under arms about one a month...goes back in much lighter with less and less returning each time.

    My shoulder replacement will be mid February.

    I will be thinking of you!

    kind regards

    judith

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    You'll have a bulky sling to use for 6 weeks and it won't be suitable for showers. I got a triangular cotton bandage and made it into a sling and used that for shower time. I am just over a week post rotator cuff surgery and I think I could probably have a shower now without a support sling. The first couple of days I just did a flannel wash with a basin as I didn't want to put any stress on the repair at all.

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      Hi had my total reverse shoulder replacement on October 3, this was actually a revision.  So it is now 3 weeks since my surgery and I have little to no pain.   The first day or so after surgery I had pain but it actually was not as bad as it was before my surgery.  This was my 2nd shoulder replacement.  My left shoulder was done on May 2, 2016 and I did extremely well and that is why I decided to have my right shoulder done on October 2, the doctor did say the left one was worse and I also had a tear in my rotator cuff on that one.   After both surgeries the pain was much less than before surgery.   Good luck and I am sure you will do great.   Just do as your doctor instructs and you should be fine.  
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      I was offered a nerve block just prior to surgery and that kept me pain free for 12 hours. Discharged the next day with morphine based medication and the only bad night I had was the first one and that was just a few hours. Today, for instance, I have had no pain medication. I just take a couple of 5mg endone to sleep at night but could probably ditch them as well now. I sleep in a reclining chair as laying flat in a bed aggravates things.
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      You just can't sleep on the side of the surgery.   Some people sleep on a recliner chair until you are out of the immobilizer at 6 weeks.  I personally have slept in my bed but I sleep on my back.   I normally sleep on my side but when the pain was really bad befor my surgery I found sleeping on my back helped.  

       

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      Not sure what you all need to have done in your shoulder. THE first 3-4 daysdays consisted mainly of sleeping away the pain. After that, the pain let up "some", and I was able to take a different pain pill that didn't make me so sleepy. Slept in a recliner for about 3 weeks, and still used it after that when I would wake up halfway through the night in pain. I only had 1 anchor for a torn supraspinatis tendon, as well as some spurs and some other "clean up" done. I don't know what you are having done, although I am pretty much "healed", my only pain now is while I am still exercising that shoulder, swimming and working on strengthening those rotator cuff muscles. Its a long process. MAKE sure you get instructions for any arm movements you should or should not be doing after surgery. Like opening and closing your hand and whatever. Letting your arm hang..etc.rotator cuffs that are torn off the bone need time to heal back onto the bone so don't rush that. Best wishes!

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    Ask pre op about when you can take a shower. SHAVE well before surgery. I was able to let my arm "hang" during a shower , just enough where I could get the razor to shave a couple weeks after. IT isn't like anyone will see it. wink sure was good when I was able to do that. My husband washed my hair with the sprayer at the kitchen sink. My recliner was a life saver for sleeping. Your body will tell you what you can handle. Have all your little goodies on a table by the recliner. PHONE charger, lap top or whatever you use. Nice insulated water mug. IT makes one feel more self sufficient. Elastic pants...wink good luck....! HUgs

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