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.
Thanks

Thanks. That very helpful. I do take Orencia for the RA along with sulfasalazine, plaquenil, prednisone and Celebrex. I also use Voltaren gel on my knees. Perhaps it's time to try a different biologic. I've tried Enbrel and Humira and was on methotrexate for many years before trying them. After my shoulder replacement in 2012 the methotrexate didn't work since I was off of it for about a month because of the surgery. I see my rheumatologist July 20th so I'll see what he thinks.
Thanks again.

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@ktgirl

Thanks. That very helpful. I do take Orencia for the RA along with sulfasalazine, plaquenil, prednisone and Celebrex. I also use Voltaren gel on my knees. Perhaps it's time to try a different biologic. I've tried Enbrel and Humira and was on methotrexate for many years before trying them. After my shoulder replacement in 2012 the methotrexate didn't work since I was off of it for about a month because of the surgery. I see my rheumatologist July 20th so I'll see what he thinks.
Thanks again.

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Oh, maybe you can get the Rheumatologist to order PT for you to get things moving. I think maybe taking the prednisone might be slowing your healing time as well.
Sue

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I will definitely ask him about that. I'm on 4 mgs. of prednisone. I wasn't aware that it slows the healing. Good to know. Thanks again.

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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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@ktgirl
To me you sound like you are on schedule. Most surgeries take average of 4-6 months to recover from… some a lot longer. Do not rush it. You don't want to take steps backward in your progress. It is usually best to use moist heat before the exercises and ice pack or moist heat afterward. I've had surgeries where ice or heat was recommended after the exercise. Ask your surgeon or nurse which is best.

If the incision is healed over you can massage the area to help prevent scar tissue build up. .. use some sort of cream or lotion as you massage. If you think you are up to other exercises ask the surgeon or nurse which ones you can do or if they will refer you to PT. Some surgeons just give you a sheet of exercises to do. .. especially with covid still around in some areas.

Wishing you a speedy.. good recovery.
ZeeGee

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