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    TOPIC: How long to wear sling?

    How long to wear sling? 7 years, 5 months ago #1368

    • mklein49
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    I had surgery last Wednesday on March 28th. I just got back from my one week post-op checkup. The orthopedic was out of town so I saw another doctor. This doctor told me I did not really need the sling anymore? I was under the impression from my orthopedic and this board I would need at about 4 weeks in the sling. I'm confused. The doc who saw me said it was not a big deal, because my rotator cuff was fine and all that was repaired was a SLAP lesion. He said it was secured good and not require the sling. Any thoughts on this? I think I'll wait until I have my 2 week postop appointment with my orthopedic before losing the sling?

    Any thoughts on the surgery report. Was my shoulder not that bad?


    Here is from the surgery report:

    Findings: There was a SLAP lesion mainly involving the posteior aspect of the labrum. In addition, there was a small inferior labral tear. There was generalized laxity in the shoulder. It was felt appropriate to repair the SLAP lesion and not repair the inferior labral lesion.


    Procedure: ...In addition to the above, the rotator cuff appeared to be normal.

    We elected to proceed with a repair of the SLAP lesion...One Suture-Tak was then placed...The labrum was then tied down with a sliding knot and four knots for security. A nice repair was achieved.

    Re:How long to wear sling? 7 years, 5 months ago #1369

    • Docfranco
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    I had surgery March 9th, subacromial decompression and SLAP repair with no biceps tendon involvement, my sling lasted 2-4 days. I also only had 1 anchor. i am in my 3rd week of rehab, started codman circles the day after my surgery.

    Good luck

    Re:How long to wear sling? 7 years, 5 months ago #1370

    • chykcha
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    Hey, I would wait and check with the surgeon. Don't reinjure your shoulder without a sling.

    Re:How long to wear sling? 7 years, 5 months ago #1371

    • Docfranco
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    chykcha
    I cleared it with the surgeon and i got a copy of the post surgery report to see exactly what was done. I am a chiropractor and am very familiar with the anatomy.

    Re:How long to wear sling? 7 years, 5 months ago #1372

    • mklein49
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    I think I'm going to wait to hear from my surgeon as chykcha suggested. I just want to make sure there's no chance I screw this up. I know I don't want to go through surgery again!

    Re:How long to wear sling? 7 years, 5 months ago #1373

    • Andy
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    First off, welcome to the site!

    There seems to be a lot of conflicting opinions on the sling. Orthos seem to be anywhere between full imobilization for 4 weeks, to partial with a sling for 4 weeks, all the way to complete removal after a few days.

    I remember not getting a clear picture. When I called the surgery center they said I could remove it on day two. I followed up with the doc and he said no way, your in that until 4 weeks. His reason was he wanted to make sure that the labrum would at least begin to reattach before I pushed it.

    Only your doctor has seen inside your shoulder, I usually follow their directions...
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