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Rotator Cuff Repair - Surgical(3 Posts)
Just wondering if any one can share their rotator cuff surgical repair experiences with me?
Conservative treatment options don't appear to be working so looks like I am headed down the surgical route.
What was your recovery period like?
How long was your recovery period?
Can you do the things you use to do before the injury/surgery?
I had a surgical rotator cuff repair about six years ago, it was keyhole surgery so no scar at all.
I'd had a frequently dislocating shoulder that was increasingly deteriorating, to the extent that I could often relocate it myself.
I had an overnight stay in hospital, as I live alone, I was quite worried about how I would manage at home on my own. I was quite firmly strapped up at first, with much less movement & ability than I'd expected.
I immediately realised that I wouldn't be able to cook even the simple things I'd planned, but a rapid Ocado order of microwaveable & picnic food sorted that out.
I had the two small stitches taken out about a week later, the strapping reduced, and started physio sessions too. I followed the daily plan of exercises religiously, for about twelve weeks in all, with intermittent visits to the physiotherapist for more adventurous moves!
It was uncomfortable at first, though I didn't take any painkillers. After about six weeks there was a very noticeable improvement, and I started getting back to doing normal things.
In the years since then, I haven't had any pain, or dislocations, though I think I'm probably still cautious in using it, I would never go to "Go Ape"!!
I hope all goes well for you and that you have a swift recovery.
Thank you for your story. It's quite comforting to hear when all I hear are the horror stories.
I'm not concerned about the surgery itself as I trust my ortho and his advice. I knew when I did the injury that I was likely to end up with this surgery if the conservative approach didn't work.
What I am concerned about is whether I will have full function again and be able to do the strenuous activities I did before the injury. I guess the only real way to know that is time though.
I am so glad to hear that you have had a good outcome.
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