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Shoulder replacement

Posted by @barbkay in Bones, Joints & Muscles, Dec 14, 2011

After 2 rotator cuff repairs, I have been told I need a shoulder replacement. I have been referred to Mayo in Rochester and will be going there in 2 weeks for a consult. I have been told I need a reversal. Has anyone out there had this procedure? How did it turn out? I'm not looking to have much use of my left arm, since I haven't used it much for several years. I'm mainly looking for pain relief.

Tags: rotator cuff repairs, Shoulder Replacement

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feekie

Posted by @feekie, Dec 29, 2011

I had a total left shoulder replacement in 2005. I feel the surgery was a complete success. It took care of my pain, and I have good range of motion. It required heavy rehab to get my range of motion back, and this was painful at times, but it was well worth it. I did most of my rehab at home by myself. My insurance co-pay was too much for me to attend professional therapy sessions twice a week as suggested. I went a total of three times spaced out at two week intervals. I got instructed on the exercises I needed to be doing and I had my range of motion measured. This worked out very well for me. However, if cost is not an issue, I recommend professional therapy simply because it will force you to do the required exercises and monitor your progress. I was very motivated though so I did not need anyone to force me to do the exercises.

paullueders

Posted by @paullueders, Jan 11, 2012

I didn't have a reversal, but I had a total shoulder joint replacement, two years ago, and I'm back paddling over ten miles in a day in my sea kayak. You're in the best of hand at Mayo Clinic. In fact I just had a total knee replacement 5 weeks ago, and the other to be done in Feburay. Mayo has many surgeons that are true Gods! Have total confidence in your surgeon, and do EXACTLY what they tell you to do post op.

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farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Mar 8, 2012

That is great news to hear. I may be having to have a shoulder replacement also. My rheumatologist took x-rays of my left shoulder and it showed extensive damage to that shoulder and some damage to my right shoulder. My elbows are bad also. I have been debating on where to go. I haven't seen an orthopedic doctor yet. I work retail in a dept. store where we sell luggage and cookware,etc. I am wondering how long it took for the rehab and are you able to lift most anything after the rehab or are there limitations? Thanks

paullueders

Posted by @paullueders, Mar 8, 2012

Rehab took me about 6 weeks. Mayo gives you excersizes to do at home so no need for professional pt after you get home. I'm back to paddling over 10 miles a day when I can in my sea kayak, and NO pain!

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Mar 9, 2012

Thanks for writing back. My shoulder problems are from rheumatoid arthritis. It really sounds like Mayo is a great place to go. I have a sister in law that works there so it would help to have someone close by. Can you tell me a little more about the surgery? How long did it take and how long were you in the hospital? Thanks

paullueders

Posted by @paullueders, Mar 9, 2012

Surgery was a couple hours I think? Just one night in the hospital after surgery. I would recommend staying at the Microtel the following night so you have another day of rest, and then drive home the day after that, if you have a long trip. We had a 6 hour drive. The Microtel is a new hotel/motel about five miles north of the city. It's pretty basic, small rooms, etc., but who cares, it's a place to stay. Cheap too, about $60/ night. It's new. It's clean, Nice free breakfast, and best of all you can take the shuttle, (free) to the Gonda building or the hospital right from the microtel. Can't beat that! You can get a copy of the shuttle schedual at the Microtel. Good Luck, Bionic Joints! the only way to go! LOL!

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Apr 12, 2012

Well, I made my appointment today for my shoulder replacement surgery. I will have it done June 6th. They are supposed to call back again today with more info and will send me some information about the surgery and a DVD as well. My doctor will be Dr. Steinmann. I really only talked to him for about 10 minutes. He looked at the x-rays and said I was a good candidate for the surgery. He didn't seem to recomment the arthroscopic proceedure. That didn't seem to be worth the bother. I have to be there the 5th for some pre-op information class. I have a sister in law who lives near there and works at Mayo. She said we could stay there so that is good. Forgot to ask about the bionic joints!! That would really be cool.

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jun 15, 2012

My surgery was done a week ago and I am getting along quite well considering. I had Dr. Steinmann for my surgery. So far so good. I am stopping the prescription meds today and am still taking x-tra strength Tylenol 4 times a day. I thought there would be alot more pain. I think it is harder on my husband than it is on me!! I will see the Dr. in 1-1/2 weeks for an x-ray and consult. I will also have my stitches taken out. I hope it all goes well. The sling is uncomfortable on my stomach when I try to sleep. I sometimes get up and sit in a rocking chair during the night.

paullueders

Posted by @paullueders, Mar 8, 2012

I also had Doc Sperling do my shoulder.

susan26

Posted by @susan26, Jan 25, 2012

I had a total shoulder replacement by Dr. Sperling at Mayo Clinic about seven years ago. I consider the operation a complete success. Rehabilitation took quite a bit of time and I had my arm in a "contraption" so it could not move for several months. It was well worth it as not only was I in terrible pain before the operation, I had lost almost all range of motion. I am now looking at a rotator cuff surgery and plan to go back this summer and have that done.

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, Apr 29, 2012

Has anyone had shoulder replacement surgery at the Mayo Clinic in Arizona? I am looking for recommendations for doctors.

barbkay

Posted by @barbkay, May 2, 2012

Dr. Sperling did mine 6 weeks ago. I highly recomend him. I already have more movement in my arm then before surgery and much less pain.

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, May 3, 2012

There are lots of good comments about him. Unfortunately he's in Minnesota, not Arizona. I do have an appointment with Dr. Hattrup at Mayo's in Arizona before the end of the month. Has your recovery been difficult and painful?

barbkay

Posted by @barbkay, May 4, 2012

Very easy! Less pain than before the surgery. 6 weeks out and more movement than I've had in years!

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, May 5, 2012

Thanks! Your information is very encouraging and motivating for me.

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jun 15, 2012

My surgery was done a week ago and I am getting along quite well considering. I had Dr. Steinmann for my surgery. So far so good. I am stopping the prescription meds today and am still taking x-tra strength Tylenol 4 times a day. I thought there would be alot more pain. I think it is harder on my husband than it is on me!! I will see the Dr. in 1-1/2 weeks for an x-ray and consult. I will also have my stitches taken out. I hope it all goes well. The sling is uncomfortable on my stomach when I try to sleep. I sometimes get up and sit in a rocking chair during the night. My sister-in-law came and changed the dressing the first time and said it was the cleanest wound she had ever seen. I didn't spend alot of time with Dr. Steinmann but he had a young Dr. as a Fellow, Dr. Juan Simone and he was very nice to talk to. The staff was awesome to work with even after all my phone calls with questions. I think it is the best place to go!!

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, Jun 15, 2012

Thanks so much for the info. My surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday, and your update is welcome news! Best of luck in your recovery!!

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jun 15, 2012

I hope all goes well for you as well! Typing with one hand is kind of tricky sometimes! My surgery was done in Minnesota!

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, Jul 10, 2012

My surgery went really well. Off pain meds in 1 1/2 weeks. Go for first follow up appt this Wednesday. Able to sleep through the night in the guest bedroom. PT is sooooo helpful!

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jul 10, 2012

I haven't done any PT. My Dr. wants it to be still the first 6 weeks other than taking the sling off about 3 times a day to raise and lower my arm from the elbow down. I sleep pretty well in a recliner. What kind of PT do you do?

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, Jul 10, 2012

I started PT 2 days after surgery. I go 3 times a week. Most of it is passive - the therapist moving my arm, but I have exercises to do every day - pendulum circles clockwise and counterclockwise, pendulum back and forth, right hand moving left arm on slick table top with pillowcase underneath and hands on counter and moving carefully backward and sideways. PT has me lifting arm on pulley with right arm doing the work. Cane in both hands behind lifting up and back. Are you icing a lot? It really helps. I'm using Arnica gel on the arm and taking Traumeel tablets to help my healing - both are fabulous and can be purchased at health food store - they are homeopathic drugs. Almost all bruising was gone at 2 weeks because of the Arnica.. Have also had an accupuncture treatment. Haven't even taken Tylenol for past 4 days. PT is thrilled with the movement in my left arm. May never regain more than 50-60% since arm was so bad and for so long. I see Dr. Hattrup this Wednesday. Have no external stitches.

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jul 10, 2012

Wow! You are really doing a lot. I guess each Dr. is different. I have basically no pain and don't take any meds other than what I take for my arthritis. I had to be off the anti-inflammatory one for 2 weeks before and 4 weeks after the surgery. So my knee swelled up really bad. It is still difficult to walk a long distance. I started the meds a week ago and it is getting better, slowly! Since you said you don't have any external stitches did you have a total replacement or the arthroscopic type surgery? They replaced the entire ball and socket on mine. Seems like everyone's situation is a little different. Glad things are working out well for you.

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, Jul 10, 2012

I had a total replacement of my left shoulder. What kind of anti-inflammatory meds are you on? Good to hear that your knee is improving since you're back on the meds.

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jul 10, 2012

I am taking Sulindac. I've used it for probably 15 years or so. I've also taken Methotrexate for that long. That is a disease modifying drug and doesn't really help with the inflammation. I'm looking to find a new Rheumatologist at Mayo. I started a discussion on this site to see if anyone had any referrals. My Dr. left the clinic I went to before so am in need of a new one. Good talking to you. This a great site.

ripley263

Posted by @ripley263, Jul 10, 2012

Good luck finding a new Rheumatologist! I'll let you know how my 3 week appt goes.

farmgirl57

Posted by @farmgirl57, Jul 10, 2012

How are you doing? I have a week and a half left with the sling on and then I have to start using my arm. Kind of nervous!

socalpoorboy

Posted by @socalpoorboy, Jul 23, 2013

barbkay. How long were you layed up... Who was your Dr. at Rochester, MN... Ron at MinnBedBug@yahoo.com If anyone can Help a 70 yr. OLD Man get some ansewers. Need BOTH Reverse Shoulder Replaced. Scared 2 Death. Live by myself... Can a Person servive alone. Takes Both arms to get off of the Pot. Can't comb my Own Hair. Life Sucks ... Ron

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jul 23, 2013

Hi sorry your having so many problems and experiencing so much pain. Ask the dr how long that you'll be out of action for and maybe when you come home you may be able to get some help with the care that you need . All these questions can be answered and organized by your specialist. Take care here if you need to talk Piglit

successful1

Posted by @successful1, Oct 23, 2013

Has anyone had shoulder replacement of shoulder revision at Jacksonville Mayos?

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