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Last week, I had a reverse shoulder replacement procedure on my left shoulder. It was very painful the first day. After that, it feels pretty darn good!
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@basslakebabe19 what is a reverse shoulder replacement and for what is done?
That’s great that you are doing so well, it sounds as if it was definitely worth having done.
This is good news @basslakebabe19. Thank you for posting about your surgery and recovery level of discomfort. This information helps so many when you share it. It will also be helpful to hear about the rehab and your responses to it. One thing I think I can tell you is that my reverse shoulder replacement totally replaced all of my pain. And it is still working well. May you be happy and free. Chris
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I need to have the same procedure done, but scared to death about the pain, I had rotator cuff repair and it was the worst pain i ever had, now they say i need a reverse shoulder replacement!! please keep us updated on your progress. it would be a great help…hope all goes well and you keep up the good progress……
Hi @basslakebabe19, It's been a few months since your shoulder replacement. Your first report sounded so great I thought I would check in to see if the shoulder is still feeling great. Are you able to share any tips that you found helpful in the recovery?
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Reverse shoulder replacement is a type of shoulder replacement in which the normal ball and socket relationship of glenohumeral joint is reversed, creating a more stable joint with a fixed fulcrum, Wikipedia
In a reverse shoulder replacement, the normal ball-and-socket structure is reversed. An artificial ball is attached to the shoulder blade. An artificial socket is attached to the top of the arm bone. The large deltoid muscle that covers the shoulder is typically able to move the arm
That is wonderful for you! I'm told I also need 2 shoulder replacements. Where did you have yours done?
I was supposed to have reverse shoulder replacement surgery, but the MRI showed little arthritis in the shoulder and instead I'm having 1 rotator cuff repaired and two completely severed cuffs replaced with cadaver achilles tendon…and some muscle from my back. It's called Lower Trapezius Tendon Transfer. The recover is longer than reverse replacement, but I'm a tennis player and this should ultimately get me back on the court. Just an FYI. Good luck. My surgery is on the 19th of May.
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Good evening @itsally and @starfirey2K. It sure looks like May 19th is coming up for you next week @itsally. Is everything still a go for your Tapezius Tendon Transfer. I hope you get a new tennis racquet for Mother's Day. I am anxious to hear about your progress. Just in case, I am putting you on my "list" to check on.
And @starfirey2k , here is what I wish for you. I wish that you have no more pain or discomfort with your reverse shoulder surgery than I did. If so, then you will do very well. Because I would be alone in recovery, my surgeon came back to my room after his daughter's baseball game and we talked about recuperation, rehab, and pain management. He was and always has been a very attentive surgeon. Even the anesthesiologist joined our discussion. He was checking to make sure he did a good job keeping me without anesthesia side effects.
And then the surprise. My special gal friend drove up the driveway, unloaded her suitcases, jumped in my bed, and stayed a week. We went out to dinner day 2 and then started walking the trails on day 3. I had only one incident, I ran over the railing around the gas pump because I had the mobilizer on. BTW….you cannot drive, at least in CA with a mobilizer.
So…..I am wishing you both to be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
Thank you, looking forward to the updates here on progress hope all goes well for all here.
Thanks Chris. I'm getting mentally and physically ready for the 19th. Have my covid test scheduled for Saturday and just ordered my pain meds through the mail. Take care.. So cool you had the support of your gal friend. Sally
I have had 2 rotator cuff repairs and I agree…. most pain ever….BUT….. Last Tuesday I had a rotator cuff repair (that was the minor thing) , then they cut some muscle from my back and arthroscopic added two cadaver tendons and the muscle to rebuild two totally severed rotator cuffs on top of my shoulder. I was anticipating pain off the charts…..BUT….. they put in a nerve block and sent me home with the block dispenser. It was set on '6' which meant 6 ml of block was going into my shoulder an hour. I cut it back to 4 on the 3rd day and to 2 on the 4th day. It came out yesterday and I've taken nothing but a couple of tylenols since surgery. The 'block' team has had an anesthesiologist call me every day to see how I'm doing. It is truly a miracle. I'm in a brace for 6 weeks, 24 – 7, and am icing with an ice machine for 4 hours at night and twice more during the day, but there really is no pain. Anyway… Nerve block is my new best friend. Good luck. Let us know how you are doing.
You can see my post surgery post below in response to a rotator cuff surgery. I'll know in 6 months how successful it was 🙂
Good afternoon @itsally, Congratulations, I have been waiting for this post. Hats off to you @itsally. It worked and you got to monitor your own post-surgery discomfort with your BFF. Wow…6 weeks in the brace. I remember and it got annoying. I think I told you that about month 3 I threw the darn thing across the room and collapsed in tears. I felt very much all alone and was emotionally drained. However, here I am, grateful for an appendage that has no pain. Never mind that it could work a lot better. However, at this age. I am just shouting encouragement and saying good for you.
By sharing your experience you will help so many including @starfirey2k. "Fear" has dumped a big load on them and they need support from people they trust, who aren't trying to sell them something and who have medical records to back up their story. Thank you so much, and keep us up to date. You already know I will be checking on you. After all….you are on my list.
Thanks and may you be free of suffering and the causes of suffering.
HI there @itsally, I know it hasn't been six months since your Reverse Shoulder Replacement. However, I just need a high five from you to let all of us know that healing is progressing normally. And to let you know that my wish is that you have happiness and the causes of happiness.
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