What to wear after shoulder replacement

Posted by cattanzer @cattanzer, Apr 28 7:16am

How does one dress with an immobile arm? Are there special clothes with snaps? Ladies please advise!

@colleenyoung

CatTanzer (love the name cat dancer), what are you most worried about with the meds for breakthrough pain? Are you worried about the pain? Or that the meds won't work? Or how to take them effectively? Other?

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@cattanzer Good evening. I don't see your worries listed in response to the request from @colleenyoung. I thought that I could share some of my experiences and memories of a reverse shoulder replacement.

First……when I was taken to the surgery arena, my surgeon took the time to introduce everyone in the room and explained their role. It was almost like a party and I was the special guest. They did not talk around me but included me. That, in itself, was comforting.

Later that evening, both my surgeon and anesthesiologist came to my room. They wanted to make sure I wasn't having any problems. Ambien was on the med list and I told them I couldn't handle it. My surgeon decided to try Dilaudid which worked very well. It is an older and very strong pain med. The anesthesiologist was happy I had no allergic reactions that he had to manage.

And another
surprise. My surgeon had brought some of my favorite wine and left it for me to enjoy with a meal.

My recovery continued to be pretty comfortable. I was home in three days and out to dinner in five days. My PT was very supportive and had me riding the stationary bike to get back in shape.

I had a home check nurse who came by to take a look at my progress and change bandaging every day for a week. That worked well. My main issue was that I couldn't drive until the immobilizer was removed.

I had my puppy Roxie and plenty of visitors. May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.

Chris

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@ltsally

I should also add I have full range of motion, am beginning to play tennis again, and am starting with a trainer for strength in my arm Monday. Don't skip the PT. It is crucial.

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How nice to read that you are beginning to play tennis again. You have had quite the journey.
Chris

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@artscaping

@cattanzer Good evening. I don't see your worries listed in response to the request from @colleenyoung. I thought that I could share some of my experiences and memories of a reverse shoulder replacement.

First……when I was taken to the surgery arena, my surgeon took the time to introduce everyone in the room and explained their role. It was almost like a party and I was the special guest. They did not talk around me but included me. That, in itself, was comforting.

Later that evening, both my surgeon and anesthesiologist came to my room. They wanted to make sure I wasn't having any problems. Ambien was on the med list and I told them I couldn't handle it. My surgeon decided to try Dilaudid which worked very well. It is an older and very strong pain med. The anesthesiologist was happy I had no allergic reactions that he had to manage.

And another
surprise. My surgeon had brought some of my favorite wine and left it for me to enjoy with a meal.

My recovery continued to be pretty comfortable. I was home in three days and out to dinner in five days. My PT was very supportive and had me riding the stationary bike to get back in shape.

I had a home check nurse who came by to take a look at my progress and change bandaging every day for a week. That worked well. My main issue was that I couldn't drive until the immobilizer was removed.

I had my puppy Roxie and plenty of visitors. May you be safe and protected from inner and outer harm.

Chris

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Someone not totally traumatized. Nice to hear. Thank you.

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@ltsally

Make SURE you get a nerve catheter for pain as anesthetic. I had reverse replacement in October and the nerve catheter stayed in for 6 days…meaning no need for other pain meds. You just need help removing it…You wear a plastic round thing around your neck filled with the nerve block meds. You control how little or how much you use. I used very little so it would last longer. I'm 68. Let me know if you need more information.

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New to me. I will ask. Many thanks.

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@colleenyoung

CatTanzer (love the name cat dancer), what are you most worried about with the meds for breakthrough pain? Are you worried about the pain? Or that the meds won't work? Or how to take them effectively? Other?

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I am scared of everything. Mostly because of pain and such strong drugs and living alone. I am scared of the unknown.

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@cattanzer

I am scared of everything. Mostly because of pain and such strong drugs and living alone. I am scared of the unknown.

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It is so good to recognize what you are afraid of. This will help you to prepare and build a plan. Here are a couple of my initial suggestions:
– Talk to you doctor or nurse about taking pain medications.
– Tell them your concerns.
– Ask about managing pain BEFORE it happens. It is easier and better to manage pain before it hurts.
– Contact a neighbor or friend to be on standby. Have their phone number on speed dial. Prepare a schedule for them to check on you.

Any other thoughts to help prepare?

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@cattanzer

Ahhhh. Stepping INTO the already fastened bra. I KNEW someone would know what to do!! Could be a problem getting it over my belly however! 😺

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Hello, I just saw your posting re issue wearing bras. They sell on line bras that have the hooks in the front, you would put it on just the same way you would a blouse. You can purchase them on line. I used them when I had breast cancer surgery. Go on line and in the browser type bras to wear that close in the front. That way you don’t have to STEP INTO IT. That way you don’t take the chance of falling. Irish823

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@cattanzer

I am scared of everything. Mostly because of pain and such strong drugs and living alone. I am scared of the unknown.

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Totally understand your fear of pain and drugs. Can you also go home with an ice machine? You wear a cape type of thing over your shoulder and the machine runs ice water (you load the machine with ice and water) through the pad to ice your shoulder. Even on your own you can cover your shoulder with the pad. Or order a large gel ice pad from Amazon that you keep in the freezer and use throughout the day. Between that and having the nerve block catheter I took only two heavy duty pain killers post surgery. Didn't need them. However if I had needed them it is better to stay on top of the pain for the short time you need the meds. Used tylenol after the catheter came out. Let us know if you've questions. Sally

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@ltsally

I should also add I have full range of motion, am beginning to play tennis again, and am starting with a trainer for strength in my arm Monday. Don't skip the PT. It is crucial.

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So unusual that you picked up on the Cat Dancer. And your insight is SO HELPFUL. Thank you. Pre-op nurses starting to call.

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@colleenyoung

It is so good to recognize what you are afraid of. This will help you to prepare and build a plan. Here are a couple of my initial suggestions:
– Talk to you doctor or nurse about taking pain medications.
– Tell them your concerns.
– Ask about managing pain BEFORE it happens. It is easier and better to manage pain before it hurts.
– Contact a neighbor or friend to be on standby. Have their phone number on speed dial. Prepare a schedule for them to check on you.

Any other thoughts to help prepare?

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Thank you

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@irish283

Hello, I just saw your posting re issue wearing bras. They sell on line bras that have the hooks in the front, you would put it on just the same way you would a blouse. You can purchase them on line. I used them when I had breast cancer surgery. Go on line and in the browser type bras to wear that close in the front. That way you don’t have to STEP INTO IT. That way you don’t take the chance of falling. Irish823

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Good evening @cattanzer, @irish283 Thanks for posting about your solutions to finding appropriate bras. I have had surgery on both shoulders, with one being a reverse replacement. I hunted the world for front closing bras without wires and with closures that I can manage. Finally, I found some and so, of course, I have to have one in every color. I also have to tell you….they are the most comfortable bra I have ever worn…..my one gift from the shoulder surgery episode.

May you be content and at ease.
Chris

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@cattanzer

Hey Cattanzer. How was the surgery? Would love an update.

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