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I will soon have shoulder surgery. Any advice?

Discussion in 'Injuries' started by Gollum, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Ken168

    Ken168 Regular Member

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    well i dont understand much about medical terms. but i wish you good luck
     
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    I was doing bouldering, so no rope, and i wasn't that far from the ground (~5 - 6 ft), just the way i fell on my arm first causes my elbow to dislocate.
     
  3. Gollum

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    It doesn't take much force, if the angle is "right".

    On my first caving expedition, someone dislocated his knee by slipping on a wet tent groundsheet! Thankfully it was at surface camp, not an underground camp. I splinted it, we called for a helicopter, and that was the end of his expedition.
     
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    Good luck, Gollum. Here's to a speedy recovery (raises mug o' beer)
     
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    ever think of getting the oxygen cube? you stay inside/sleep for few hours a day in a cube filled pure oxygen. this will help you recover much faster.
    may the force be with you.....:D:D:D
     
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    Hi Gollum,

    Just a note on physio, when I re-injured my back, I went to my physiotherapist. This time, it really hurt like hell, but I kept telling myself to just take the pain and keep doing the exercises. At time, it's very discouraging, but I don't think you'll ahve much pain other than from the surgery. But just remember to so the exercises everyday...even if you are very busy, at least do them once a day. Also, with physio, when you do certain exercises, it may hurt...that's normal, BUT, the pain should go away almost immediately. If the pain is increasing after certain exercises or the increased pain does not go away, STOP doing it and talk to your physiotherapist about it.

    It took me 2-3 months before I was confortable "going all out" when playing badminton.

    Good luck.

    bchaiyow
     
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    Swift recovery Gollum, we're gonna miss your 'pearls of wisdom' for a quite while;).
     
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    I just read the news. Good luck on the surgery and physio, Gollum.
     
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    swift recovery to you gollum...
    advice? umm... after having surgery, don't think of your shoulder too much...because the more you move and try too see if the operation really worked, that more it stresses the parts that have been repaired... :D :)
     
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    I've had good experience with physio.

    Physio (when done right) may feel uncomfortable, but it's a short term discomfort for long term gain. I found out the hard way that coddling an injury makes full recovery harder and prolongs the recovery period, too. Pushing yourself a bit by doing physio helps the new tissue grow healthy and, in my experience, this reduces the risk of reinjury.

    So, my advice... listen to your doc and to your physiotherapist, too!

    Good luck with your surgery, and have a speedy recovery! I hope you'll find lots to keep busy so you won't miss being on the court too much.
     
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    Just wishing you a speedy recovery Gollum.
    Maybe just the right time for you to take in more rests and contemplate on what you wish to do next.
     
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    Well, I've had the surgery.

    They discovered that 3/4 of my labrum was detached from the glenoid (from six o'clock to 3 o'clock, as the surgeon described it). So my shoulder was fundamentally unstable!

    I'll wear a sling 24 hours a day for four weeks, before the physio starts.
     
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    nice to hear the surgery went well!

    I whish you a speedy recovery!

    (and I understand you're not going to reply to this..the one handed typing and all...)
     
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    Wonder how long it took Gollum to type up that post-op message ... :)

    Speedy recovery, Gollum.

    -dave
     
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    Glad to hear the probem's been identified and hopefully rectified. I damaged the tendons in my foot last year at Easter and haven't really played since. I had plans to write some short stories but just never got round to it. You could get yourself some voice dictation software. I think I remember you mentioning that you had literary aspirations. Is that right?
     
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    Good to know that the surgery went well. Now.. start practicing writing with the left hand (if you are a right-handed person).
    For me, I was a right-handed, and at that time when i was on a sling, i have to write, type, use computer, use chopstick with left hand.... it was not easy, but at least for a few weeks, I learned to be ambidextrous :)

    Expect not to get your full ROM (range of motion) back when you are off the sling. According to the doctor that I worked with, at least for my elbow case, some cases won't ever even get the full ROM as it used to be (maybe 1 or 2 degrees off).
    And up to now, i still have some stiffness sometimes in my elbow (injured in January this year).
     
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    Amen! Pray the Lord for your full recovery!
     
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    I too have been told I need a similar labrum operation, and I am a bit scared as I am only 19- although my physio suggested he had had players playin again in as little as 4-7 weeks! Hope all is well with you my friend and if you can offer any advice I would much appreciate it
     
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    Every shoulder surgery is unique. You should work closely with your surgeon and physiotherapist to get the best results. Also discuss your expectations with your surgeon. It is often that there will be some movement restrictions after surgery. You may not play as you did before. However, saying that you may correct your biomechanical anomaly (if any) and do some proper strengthening which may actually benefit your play in other ways.

    Cheers! http://sportsnmedicine.blogspot.com
     
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    I expect to finish with a more stable shoulder. By the end of my recovery, my shoulder should function more effectively for badminton, not less. That's why I went ahead with it.

    For me, some movement restriction is a good thing! Previously, my shoulder could move too much (hypermobile).

    Typing is slow, but not impossible.

    Thanks everyone for all your "get well" messages. :)
     

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