I am heading into my fifth year of this. Had to retire - finally got used to that after a year, hire house cleaners, which is nice, but give up my lifelong passion, not good. My husband has been great taking care of my three horses, and we live on traders joes and easy to cook stuff. This is why i have a pretty good idea of the issues, only i never got better, just worse and worse. And i was the healthy active working volunteering woman. Sometimes you draw the loser card no matter what and there is nothing you can do about it.
But, give it time and enjoy your down time.
The recounting of your experiences have been a great help to me. I was diagnosed with a torn labrum in my right shoulder about a month ago. I went to the OS with a complaint of sleep issues and a desire to continue (or resume) swimming. He was quick to recommend the surgery and I signed up. When I did more investigation about the recovery I bailed out. My bride had lower back surgery about 9 months ago and the results are mixed. There is no way I want to lay caretaker responsibilities on her right now so I quit swimming and hope that helps with the inflammation that I think is causing the night discomfort (reading the experiences on this site make me not want to say pain because I don't think mine is near what others are experiencing). Anyway thanks for your information.
You are a very kind and generous person! Am I correct in that the doc wanted to do a slap repair? And you are 60+? Another alternative is a bicep tenotomy. I have read where many shoulder docs do not even consider slap repairs on people over 35-40, and do bicep tenotomy or tenodesis for pain relief. Maybe something like that would relieve your pain without the more extensive rehab. Meanwhile, take care of yourself and your sweetie!
Sorry for the long delay. I'm not exactly sure if it was a SLAP repair. Our post-mri visit was brief and to the point. I went to him with a complaint of sleep pain and a desire to keep swimming. When we met he just said, "you have a torn labrum and I can fix that". I am assuming that he figured I knew what was involved so he didn't spend any time with any alternatives. I spoke with a fellow I know who is a respected physical therapist and he asked me to get my mri report and come see him. I obtained the document this afternoon and it reveals a number of "moderate" tears and a "large labral cyst". I'm going to my gp to get a referral to see him so I'll see what he says. I am 64 years old but maybe my fitness and activity level made the OS think I was a good candidate for the surgery. I broke my back in 1975 and had harrington rods installed on my spine (by his mentor at Emory med school) and spent 9 months in a full body cast. I have switched from the pool to the stationary bike for now. I've gone from hoops to running to swimming so I guess I can hack this too.
Thank you for your kind words.
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Is this OS a shoulder specialist, or general OS? If i were you, i would ask for an explanation of the surgical plan. You deserve more than, i can do surgery and fix this. If surgery can help you, yes you should have it. There should be no assumptions. The time to ask questions is now, not later.
I will admit that I was basically screwed, for lack of a better socially acceptable description, by an orthopedic surgeon who had no idea what he was talking about, or doing, with a shoulder injury. And i am paying a very steep price. Plus, there is quite a bit of difference in skill and opinion among surgeons. For sure, you want to get it right the first time.
That is one reason I am going back to my GP. I want to know her opinion on how I go about evaluating surgeons. We went to this one on the advice of my bride's neurosurgeon but not for my shoulder, for her arm issues. I may being too easy on the pod I saw but I didn't really ask much, I just said ok and freaked out when I hit the google and saw what the recovery entailed. I'm very interested that the mri noted a "large cyst". Anyway I'm going to get a lot more information and try any non-surgical approach before I go under the blade.