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How does one dress with an immobile arm? Are there special clothes with snaps? Ladies please advise!
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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
Clothes with snaps!!
I think zippers and Velcro are much easier
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.
zippers require two hands. Snaps doable with one. Velcro ok but you have to protect your skin from touching it.
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