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Reverse shoulder replacement

Posted by @mimi99, Aug 1, 2018

I am scheduled for this surgery in September. I have been putting it off as long as possible, because I am worried about recovery. I don’t have a lot of help and am very concerned with how well I will be able to handle daily living activities with the shoulder immobilizer. If anyone has gone through this recovery process, I would appreciate any advice or input you may have.

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Hello @mimi99. If you don't mind me asking, what is a reverse shoulder replacement? Are they removing components from a shoulder replacement? One shoulder or both shoulders?

I can understand the concern about being in an immobilizer and what you will be able to do because I am still in recovery from shoulder surgery myself for a torn rotator. I am one week in to my range-of-motion PT after six weeks of being in an immobilizing sling. It is frustrating and exhausting how slowly it is going and it is hard to notice gains from day-to-day. I'm as mentally fatigued right now as I am physically.

@mimi99

I certainly understand why your hesitant. I’m worried about the recovery also. I take care of my Mom. The doctors want me to have bilateral shoulder replacement surgery but I’ve been putting it off for a long time and will put it off as long as possible depending how well I can move them and the pain. The doctor told me a full recovery would take a year.
Has your rotator cuff been injured or have you had fractures? I know there are other reasons for a reverse. Do you know why there’re doing a reverse? You’ll probably have better range of motion with a reverse.
I’ll probably have the conventional procedure not the reverse. When and if.

@JustinMcClanahan

In a conventional replacement the artificial ball and socket are placed in their normal anatomical positions (ball on the end of the humerus and the socket on the scapula) In a reverse the ball and socket are switched. (ball on the end of the scapula and the socket on the humerus)

I have had various shoulder surgeries over the course of several years. A few years back I had a partial shoulder replacement done by a local shoulder specialist that did not turn out very well. After about a year of trying to find out what was wrong I went to the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. I have great faith in the doctors at the Mayo Clinics! I had a total shoulder replacement done there. NO PROBLEMS! They followed up with the best physical therapy in my home. I highly recommend them.

I am told that I need a reverse shoulder replacement, left nondominant shoulder. I live alone and am wondering how much help I will need and for how long. Also, I live eight hours away from the Mayo Clinic which is where I would prefer to go.

@spinginnie

I am told that I need a reverse shoulder replacement, left nondominant shoulder. I live alone and am wondering how much help I will need and for how long. Also, I live eight hours away from the Mayo Clinic which is where I would prefer to go.

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Hi @spinginnie – Welcome to Connect! There are so many kind and helpful people here – many of whom have experience with what you are going through. I'm glad you came to this group. I haven't had a shoulder replacement so I'm not going to be much help except with moral support! It sounds as if @mimi99, @edithmiller, @farmgirl57 and @cathymay have had some experience with shoulder issues. Maybe they can give some insight on the recovery period. Are you in a lot of pain now? Are you doing any PT? I'm wishing you the best.

@debbraw

Hi @spinginnie – Welcome to Connect! There are so many kind and helpful people here – many of whom have experience with what you are going through. I'm glad you came to this group. I haven't had a shoulder replacement so I'm not going to be much help except with moral support! It sounds as if @mimi99, @edithmiller, @farmgirl57 and @cathymay have had some experience with shoulder issues. Maybe they can give some insight on the recovery period. Are you in a lot of pain now? Are you doing any PT? I'm wishing you the best.

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I train regularly and am in good health and fitness except for this shoulder. I do a lot of stretching and strengthening around the shoulder joint. Pain is mostly manageable with diclofenac, but I have a lot of functional impairment, putting on a coat, a seatbelt, getting my card out of the ATM, etc.

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