Ability to function. After shoulder replacement while using a walker

Posted by vivian65 @vivian65, Mar 16 3:54pm

Been using a walker with an immovabled leg due to 5 surgeries on knee. If the docs where I live let me remove it I will have a month to prepare for shoulder surgery at Mayo. Is it possible to use a walker while dominant arm is in a sling.

Welcome to Connect @vivian65, I had to read your post several times….5 surgeries…..oh my goodness, Vivian, we are a group of caring patients, providers, and caregivers trying every day to share our experiences with others walking down the same, or a similar trail.

That must be why you just landed in my lap today. I have had 5 surgeries but only on my shoulders and knee combined, That includes a reverse shoulder surgery. I am trying very hard to visualize you handling a walker when one arm is in an immobilizer. For me, that was about 6 weeks. Are you having a reverse? Will you have home care or be at a rehabilitation unit?

I'm sorry to ask all of these questions so just one more. Have you discussed your mobility issues with your Mayo team? What did they recommend?

I am not so sure I know what a walker with an immovable leg looks like. While you are drawing me a picture I will see who I can find with a similar situation. You might just be stuck with me……if my hunt doesn't turn up anyone right away.

May you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Chris

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I hope the first part of my reply reached you. I have not asked Mayo about any of it. I started with your group because I didn’t know where to begin asking questions

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@vivian65

I hope the first part of my reply reached you. I have not asked Mayo about any of it. I started with your group because I didn’t know where to begin asking questions

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@vivian65 I know that you are responding to @artscaping but I don't see the first part of your message here, unless you mean the discussion post question at the top?

I agree with @artscaping. You may wish to contact Mayo Clinic directly regarding preparation for surgery, specifically your surgeon's nurse(s). Only your provider can really give you that information because they know the nature and extent of your upcoming surgery. Do you know how to contact your provider's nurse?

Here is the phone number 507-284-2511. An operator should answer. You should only need your provider's name and department.

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I guess the explanation that was the first part disappeared into the void. But since I have your kind advice I will call them directly appreciate the phone number

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