Extreme arm swelling post shoulder surgery causing pain

Posted by gmuth @gmuth, Sep 19 8:01pm

5 days post shoulder replacement my arm remains extremely swollen. Blood is pooling in the elbow creases and my arm feels very Tight and painful. Can this be a normal occurrence? The swelling is causing more discomfort than the surgical site.

Hi @gmuth, this sounds out of the ordinary to me. I'm bringing fellow members @anncgrl @mdgarnett @kathy2020 @ellerbracke @basslakebabe19 @artscaping and others into this discussion to get their thoughts as they have experience with shoulder replacement surgery.

Gmuth, Did your surgeon give you a number to call if you have urgent concerns? Has there been any change since you posted your first message here?

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(thanks Colleen)

Gmuth – the amount of swelling you state was definitely not my experience. I had a little bit that didn't go away until well into physical therapy. What you relate doesn't sound right and if you haven't already done so, I second getting in contact with your surgeon right away.

Let us know how you progress.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @gmuth, this sounds out of the ordinary to me. I'm bringing fellow members @anncgrl @mdgarnett @kathy2020 @ellerbracke @basslakebabe19 @artscaping and others into this discussion to get their thoughts as they have experience with shoulder replacement surgery.

Gmuth, Did your surgeon give you a number to call if you have urgent concerns? Has there been any change since you posted your first message here?

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@gmuth, good evening. I see this is your first post. How long were you in the hospital? Did you meet with the hospital staff before you left to go over the care of the surgical site? Were you given an emergency number just in case? Have you tried calling yet?

I have had 4 shoulder surgeries and none had abnormally intense swelling as a result of the surgery. Are you using an immobilizer? Can you elevate the shoulder as much as possible? Did you get an ice machine from the hospital or pharmacist? Do you have someone in the house to help you? You need to elevate and ice the surgery arm.

How is your temperature? In normal range? What beverages have you had? If you cannot get some ice for the swelling then you need to talk to the hospital staff or at least the paramedics at the fire station now. It has been an hour since your first post. Will you please post again to make sure we hear from you and that you have taken steps to get help.

Be safe and protected.
Chris

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@colleenyoung

Hi @gmuth, this sounds out of the ordinary to me. I'm bringing fellow members @anncgrl @mdgarnett @kathy2020 @ellerbracke @basslakebabe19 @artscaping and others into this discussion to get their thoughts as they have experience with shoulder replacement surgery.

Gmuth, Did your surgeon give you a number to call if you have urgent concerns? Has there been any change since you posted your first message here?

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I have not had anything remotely like this happen that I related to surgery specifically. I, in the same situation, would call my doctor's emergency number immediately or go to an emergency room. I have had blood clots with many of the same symptoms. Severe pain, pooling of blood, etc. are huge red blood flags.

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@gmuth, how are you doing today? Did you seek medical attention?

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@artscaping

@gmuth, good evening. I see this is your first post. How long were you in the hospital? Did you meet with the hospital staff before you left to go over the care of the surgical site? Were you given an emergency number just in case? Have you tried calling yet?

I have had 4 shoulder surgeries and none had abnormally intense swelling as a result of the surgery. Are you using an immobilizer? Can you elevate the shoulder as much as possible? Did you get an ice machine from the hospital or pharmacist? Do you have someone in the house to help you? You need to elevate and ice the surgery arm.

How is your temperature? In normal range? What beverages have you had? If you cannot get some ice for the swelling then you need to talk to the hospital staff or at least the paramedics at the fire station now. It has been an hour since your first post. Will you please post again to make sure we hear from you and that you have taken steps to get help.

Be safe and protected.
Chris

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Hi Chris… Sally here after the lower trapezius tendon transfer. Just got news this week that the surgery did not 'take.' After 4 months of PT and activity I still can't lift my arm above my head. I'll need to be transferred to the thread that is total reverse shoulder replacement. Not happy, but at least I still have options. Any suggestions are appreciated. Take care and be safe. Sally

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Hi there Sally,@itsally. Any new information to ponder? I will check in the Reverse shoulder replacement group. I know I moved us there.
Chris

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