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!

@artscaping

Hi there @cattanzer……although you didn't ask me, I will chime in and say that you get through it one day at a time. Mine surgery was a reverse replacement on my right shoulder. I am right-handed and at the time I owned and ran an art gallery. My family came and stayed, my friends drove me around …… even my customers pitched in and wrapped their own purchases.

Since I don't remember anymore, I think it just mosied along until it was time for PT and strengthening exercises.

May you be safe, protected and free from inner and outer harm.
Chris

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Chris, I appreciate info from anyone who has gone through this! How many days/weeks after shoulder replacement surgery do they have you start PT? Before the slings come off?

I am thinking ahead and trying to coordinate a time of year that would be easier for my husband to drive me to PT for 4-6 weeks. I was hoping to put surgery off for another year, but recent painful incidents might make me move it up. I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon in July, have been getting cortisone shots, but they don't help my shoulder as much as they used to. I know I have been stressing the shoulder with all the garden work with rakes and shovels and heavy carrying, so maybe it will settle down once the major work is over.

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@artscaping

Hi there @cattanzer……although you didn't ask me, I will chime in and say that you get through it one day at a time. Mine surgery was a reverse replacement on my right shoulder. I am right-handed and at the time I owned and ran an art gallery. My family came and stayed, my friends drove me around …… even my customers pitched in and wrapped their own purchases.

Since I don't remember anymore, I think it just mosied along until it was time for PT and strengthening exercises.

May you be safe, protected and free from inner and outer harm.
Chris

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Thank you.

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@ddsack

Chris, I appreciate info from anyone who has gone through this! How many days/weeks after shoulder replacement surgery do they have you start PT? Before the slings come off?

I am thinking ahead and trying to coordinate a time of year that would be easier for my husband to drive me to PT for 4-6 weeks. I was hoping to put surgery off for another year, but recent painful incidents might make me move it up. I have a follow up appointment with my surgeon in July, have been getting cortisone shots, but they don't help my shoulder as much as they used to. I know I have been stressing the shoulder with all the garden work with rakes and shovels and heavy carrying, so maybe it will settle down once the major work is over.

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The shots will delay surgery. For months. After the surgery, You will be driving after three weeks. I got off prescription pain pills after a week or so. First two weeks you will be SO DEPENDENT on another person. Bathing cooking walking dog. Cutting tops off strawberries! I built a pillow cocoon to sleep in so i do not move around. PT starts the same week as surgery btw! No regrets here.

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I had reverse total shoulder and found great zippered tops at rebound wear.com they are not cheap but not only were they great for dr visits but also for physical therapy. I also got Velcro nightgowns and Velcro shirts from Etsy. To this day 2 years post op I still wear the rebound wear active shirts I got they are stylish. Also good idea to get pulleys, weights ( I have 1 lb, 2 lb, 3 lb, 5 lb & 8 lbs and have red, yellow, and blue therabands and use them all to this day as need to keep up exercises for life.

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@dmk

I had reverse total shoulder and found great zippered tops at rebound wear.com they are not cheap but not only were they great for dr visits but also for physical therapy. I also got Velcro nightgowns and Velcro shirts from Etsy. To this day 2 years post op I still wear the rebound wear active shirts I got they are stylish. Also good idea to get pulleys, weights ( I have 1 lb, 2 lb, 3 lb, 5 lb & 8 lbs and have red, yellow, and blue therabands and use them all to this day as need to keep up exercises for life.

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I was not allowed to lift even a pencil, started physical therapy after 2 weeks, had to wear sling and sleep in recliner for 6 weeks. I was finally able to drive at 12 weeks. Took me longer than most RTS but with a great surgeon and therapist got thru it

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Clothes with snaps!!

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I think zippers and Velcro are much easier

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Wow, @dmk thanks for the clothing tips and links. I read something about not being able to wear a bra for a few weeks, not a problem for me since I don't go anywhere much anyway and do without at times. The velcro is a great idea. I have a bunch of old loose T shirts I could just slit up the front and sew velcro tabs on each side.

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@dmk

I think zippers and Velcro are much easier

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zippers require two hands. Snaps doable with one. Velcro ok but you have to protect your skin from touching it.

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