SLAP Lesion (Biceps Tendon Tear)

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Topic Title: SLAP Lesion (Biceps Tendon Tear)
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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mickt

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Following up on my SLAP repair surgery of November 13, 03. On 1/19 I visited the surgeon (and therapist) and kind of vented about how the pain never seemed to to go away. I had been trying to be diligent about therapy despite constant pain, but it was tough to keep up. I had even been having some of the old "impingement" feeling. The Doctor gave me a prescription for anti-inflammatories. I don't know if the anti-inflammatories were a miracle, a placebo, or just a coincidence, but things changed dramatically in 3 or 4 days. The constant pain just disappeared. This allowed me to really concentrate on the physical therapy. As of now my range of motion is vastly improved. It's still painful to reach out, particularly with my elbow extended. I guess throwing a softball is a few months away yet. Went Paintballing with my daughter and son-in-law last week with no ill effects. I even fell backwards, hitting my elbow on the ground, which I figure was the ultimate test of the screws and sutures in my shoulder. Anyway, things are lookin' up. By the way, having had this forum to read has been helpful in knowing I'm not alone out there.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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Bryan

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Don't be too concerned about the lack of muscle tissue. This is normal. Once you get the go-ahead to begin lifting some weight, ease back into it. I had surgery in November and my DR just told me to begin my strengthening exercises. I started today with minimal weight and sometimes no weight. It will take a while but I know the muscle will return rather quickly. Keep your spirits up.... it will get better.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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readabook

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I have a question about physical therapy. I had a SLAP repair and have just finished 4 weeks in a sling that held my elbow at my side w/my arm out in front. Its fairly new and helps promote range of motion to the side. BUT I have horrible range of motion across my body and forget it in back. Therapy today was excrutiating. When I hold my arms out in front they look different- the operated upon one all sort of skinny and gawky- and it won't move the same way as the other. No muscle tone. I believe this is normal, but unsettling. Does anyone have experiences to share about their progress in PT, and did anyone feel like this? Thanks!
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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ABICHE

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So your Doc said "you had to have surgery"? I just don't see a ruptured bicep healing itself. I don't want surgery, but if that's what it takes, then im all for it.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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vegevault

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I had a SLAP repair and bicep tendon repair on Oct 7. I'm about 80%. My surgeon and PT both said I'm about the best recovery they've seen. The clavicular resection still hurts more than anything. I still don't have 100% ROM but am getting close. I don't think I'll ever do push ups (at least the real ones) again but probably shouldn't anyway. I am continuing to work at home but I don't go to PT anymore. I will say that I pushed myself; did everything I was told to do and nothing I wasn't suppose to do. I think the key is keep it moving....good luck
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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readabook

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My understanding is that a bicep tendon can not repair itself. At least I know that my surgeon told me after surgery, "You had to have that done."
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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ABICHE

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I was just wondering how your recovery is going. I tore both my bicep tendons at work pulling something very heavy. They don't want to do surgery yet, i guess they're hoping it would just heal or reattach itself. Anyway, was surgery your only option? Thanks.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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mickt

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A follow up on my SLAP repair surgery. Next Tuesday I go back for the proverbial six week doctor's appointment. I'm hoping that this dang sling (I've grown to hate the very word) will be done with. On my last doctor visit (2 weeks ago) I was told everything was on target. However, to me, progress seems to inch along. I have continued to be religious about doing the "range of motion" excersizes (which hurt like hell). My gut feeling is that the surgery will prove to have been the right decision. The surgeon said to forget about ever playing racquetball again. My game plan is to prove him wrong.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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daviesd6

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Yes I had these done beginning of Feb 2003. PT for 4 months. Back at work and the gym but still not quite healed. Debbie
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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Bobbi

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Hi, I had a ruptured biceps repair, spur removal and a S.A.Decompression 12/1, Has any one experienced this? How long before I can lift etc and return to work as a nurse? Any hints to expedite recovery?Thanks, Bobbi
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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Andram

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I am a 52 year old Brit with a ruptured bicep tendon playing rugby 5 years ago. Is there any chance of a repair procedure succeeding now ? I was offered a tunnel (bone drilling) repair by an NHS (Brit public healthcare) specialist but the success rate was put at a maximum 50% so I did not take it up. I run and do keep fit but would like to swim and play tennis better and for longer.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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kls

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hi, I am a 46 year old female,I was in an auto mobil accident 14 months ago. I was the passenger and another car ran a stop sign and broad sided us and spun us around. After 4 moths of PT the ortho DR sugeted a possible labal tear. I had a cortisone shot and after 3 weeks whit no improvement surgery was orderd. Dec.2002 4 months of therepy and very little improvement,another cortisone shot and more therepy. I was then sent to a new Dr who only works on Shoulders and a Arthogram MRI was orederd and with no real results. Now a arthogram cortisone injection was ordered with little results. Surgery was the next option. I am now 2 1/2 weeks out of surgery and my pectoral mussel is still very painful. I start PT this week and look forward to recovery. I am much further ahead in mobility then the last go a round and feel as though I will be able to return to smiming soon.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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mickt

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I just went today to my post-op appointment (6 days after surgery) for SLAP repair. The thing that surprised the surgeon (and me) was how much arthritis was in the shoulder. In watching the video of the surgery, it's amazing how many "loose bodies" get removed. Today is the first day I actually feel like things have improved at all. Of course part of that may just getting the stitches out and being able to take a hot shower. I continued to play racquetball right on up till the surgery, even though playing caused quite a bit of pain, particularly for any overhead or "reaching" shot. I don't really know if my continuing to play caused additional damage or not. Tonight I began those pulley "range of motion" excersizes. It was somewhat less uncomfortable than I had anticipated. I'm also going to try and sleep in bed for the first time, after spending nights in a recliner.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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mikewong

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I have a possible SLAP lesion in my dominant shoulder, all the symptoms fit but there is going to be a delay in the MR scan due to the UK healthcare system, I have continued to go to the gym and am doing a variety of weights including bicep curls with no pain, but also continue to play squash.tennis but have modfied my technique with occasional discomfort am I at risk of making the possible tear worse and increasing the separation of the bicep tendon, should I stop the upper limb sports?
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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vegevault

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I'm recovering from what it sounds like you had. I'm 1 week post op; typing one handed. I'm FT in a slig and not suppose to force my arm straight.... what were your immediate restrictions? I'm supposedly starting PT in another week and a half after my surgeon sees me again.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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ahuff

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I am a 28 female. I (finally!) went to see a doc (Dr. Belfie from NW Orthpedics in Seattle) regarding a shoulder injury from a bad ski fall six months ago that would not heal. The evaluation was extremely thorough and he diagnosed a SLAP tear and possibly another lesion. I start PT this week and probably an MRI. Hopefully, no surgery in my future, though I understand that this doesn't generally heal itself well. How many people with a SLAP lesion have successfully rehabed w/o surgery??
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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raider

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hi my name is chris. i have had 56 subluxations of my left shoulder. i have a labral tear and are goin to have surgery. can someone tell me what to expect. how long does it take to recover? how long will i be in a sling? Thank you very much
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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jpa123

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How is your shoulder now? Did you get a second opinion on the biceps tear? My bicep tendon repair is starting to come around 8 weeks post-op. I had to wait until 8 weeks to start biceps re-strengthening, but I think its going to be worth the wait.
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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uaflyrgirl

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I am a 35 year old female. who just had a ruptured bicep repaired, along with several other tears in shoulder. the repair took place 6 months after the rupture. i am now 5 months post surgery and looking to be back at work within a month or two. I am getting back my strength in my shoulder and the bicep is getting stronger. The surgery was worth it! Make sure that you find a surgeon who is comfortable doing a rupture repair. Good luck!
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 05/21/2005 08:43 AM

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jpa123

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I am also a 45 year old male tennis player and just had my shoulder scoped. They did a distal clavicle resection (took off 5mm of arthritic bone) and AC decompression. They also found that I had a partial bicep tendon tear and the doc sutured it back onto the bone. I'm six weeks out from surgery and still can't lift my arm to shoulder height. Partly due to restrictions on therapy and range of motion. Can anyone tell me what the long term prognosis should be and when the heck I'll ever be able to hit a tennis ball again??
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