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.
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.
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...