Arthroscopic surgery on elbow

Posted by ktgirl @ktgirl, Apr 4 5:01pm

I have surgery scheduled at Mayo Clinic in Rochester MN May 7th. They are going to remove some of the junk out of that elbow. Has anyone else had this done and how was the recovery? I work retail and don't have much for vacation or sick time. Would I be able to get to work in a few days. My doctor there said I would have weight restrictions. Any information about that would be helpful.
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Hi @ktgirl, quite a few members have had arthroscopic surgery on various joints: knees, hips, shoulders, like @shel99 @babette @dduke @melcpa86 and others.

Ktgirl, by weight restrictions, do you mean how much you would be able to lift with that arm? Do you have to do heavy lifting at your work?

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@ktgirl, I have not had arthroscopic surgery on my elbow but thought you may find the following information helpful until other members tagged by @colleenyoung can share their experience.

Elbow Arthroscopy: What to Expect at Home: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/aftercareinformation/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=zc2412

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Thanks. That's very helpful.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @ktgirl, quite a few members have had arthroscopic surgery on various joints: knees, hips, shoulders, like @shel99 @babette @dduke @melcpa86 and others.

Ktgirl, by weight restrictions, do you mean how much you would be able to lift with that arm? Do you have to do heavy lifting at your work?

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The Doctor told me I could lift maybe 5 pounds for the first while. I work at a convenience store. I told our store leader I would be on weight restrictions. I'm hoping I can work somewhat.

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Had my arthroscopic surgery on my elbow two days ago. It seems pretty good. Just taking Tylenol for now. I have to take the wrap off tomorrow. Not sure how that's going to work. I'll have to call them tomorrow to see if I have to have it wrapped up again and if I need the gauze under it. Anyone here have any info on this.

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@ktgirl

Had my arthroscopic surgery on my elbow two days ago. It seems pretty good. Just taking Tylenol for now. I have to take the wrap off tomorrow. Not sure how that's going to work. I'll have to call them tomorrow to see if I have to have it wrapped up again and if I need the gauze under it. Anyone here have any info on this.

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Hi @ktgirl, Thank you for following up on the surgery that you had scheduled and letting the group know how you are doing. Just taking Tylenol is already a big accomplishment.

You will see that I moved your comment to the discussion that you started before on your surgery. I did this so that everyone in this group could see and respond to your update.

I think it is best to contact your physician for re-dressing instructions. Did they give you printed post-op instructions upon your discharge?

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I did get some instructions on how to wash and so on. It wasn't really specific on how to do the dressing. I sent a message to the doctor and one of the doctors on the team called me and said what I was doing was fine. I sent pictures of the incisions to them and he said they looked fabulous. I thought that was pretty cool. I could post pictures here if anyone would want to see it. Also I only wore the sling for a couple days.

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I had elbow arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies and other bone masses on May 7th. I still have pain and I can't do a lot with that arm. The doctors say it's normal but I hoped it would be better by now. I have RA and osteoarthritis and other autoimmune diseases. It's so frustrating I also have chronic fatigue and have no energy. I'm trying to work full time but it's very hard. Any suggestions??
Thanks
Carol

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@ktgirl

I had elbow arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies and other bone masses on May 7th. I still have pain and I can't do a lot with that arm. The doctors say it's normal but I hoped it would be better by now. I have RA and osteoarthritis and other autoimmune diseases. It's so frustrating I also have chronic fatigue and have no energy. I'm trying to work full time but it's very hard. Any suggestions??
Thanks
Carol

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@ktgirl Having prolonged discomfort after surgery can be very taxing on the patient, especially when it is in an area where you need movement. Has your dr prescribed any physical therapy to keep scar tissue from building up? That might be a partial solution. Please let me know what he/she says when you ask!
Ginger

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@ktgirl

I had elbow arthroscopic surgery to remove loose bodies and other bone masses on May 7th. I still have pain and I can't do a lot with that arm. The doctors say it's normal but I hoped it would be better by now. I have RA and osteoarthritis and other autoimmune diseases. It's so frustrating I also have chronic fatigue and have no energy. I'm trying to work full time but it's very hard. Any suggestions??
Thanks
Carol

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Hello @ktgirl. You will see that I have moved your post back into your original discussion on your elbow surgery. I did this to give others who joined you an update on where you are at as well as to continue the discussion. I see that @gingerw has also responded now as well so will let you reply to her question.

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The only exercise is to extend my arm while holding a 2 pound weight and then bring my hand back to my chest. They just basically said pain is my guide. I am hoping to go part time this fall. I have so many joints that are about ready for replacements too. That's kind of why I decided to work on the elbow first so when my knee needs replacement my arm would be stronger to help with that.

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@ktgirl

The only exercise is to extend my arm while holding a 2 pound weight and then bring my hand back to my chest. They just basically said pain is my guide. I am hoping to go part time this fall. I have so many joints that are about ready for replacements too. That's kind of why I decided to work on the elbow first so when my knee needs replacement my arm would be stronger to help with that.

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It is not uncommon to have some pain 2 months after surgery – after all, the doctor was poking around in there, insulting the tissue and rearranging things. And to add RA/OA to the mix, pain is even more common. Do you take any medication for the arthritis? One thing that can help is to ice the area several times a day, which helps with both swelling and inflammation.

If you read much on Connect, you will know that I am a great fan of PT, and at 2 months post-surgery, it is a really good time.
When we hurt (as before your surgery) we change the way we use the injured body part to lessen our pain. Then we have surgery and must let it heal which results in more lost strength and mobility. A good physical therapist (PT) can create a recovery program for you that addresses both issues to give you the best results.

I would ask for a few sessions – especially since getting the elbow healed is so necessary to your next steps of knee surgeries. Remember, you know your body and must be your own advocate to get the best care for it.

Sue

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