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Topic Title: what can i expect?
Created On: 01/26/2008 08:22 PM
 11/21/2012 07:01 AM

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okey thanks
 05/25/2012 06:31 AM

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Recovery depends upon how positive you be for getting your recovery.
 07/27/2008 07:44 PM

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Hi Terry,
In time it does get better,have to listen to the doctors,but sometimes I ask when I think it is far fetch,so you have to use your judgement.I also had a ball replacement but nothing to do with the rotator cuff,sometimes in therapy it seems that i am strectching the hell out of the cuff,the ball had to be replaced due to arthritic changes also,which i am know used to,but I waited long for my surgery,I think it was about 4 years and thats a lot of time for my shoulder to move properly,like I said in one of my earlier post,now I am on this aggressive oral steroid treatment,and wow I can feel the difference,the inflammation is down,but not fully,I would say about 80% worth.My other shouder is following my bad one now according to the OS(Orthopedic Surgeon).but he wants to get this one better first and then start thinking about the other one,he thinks maybe next summer we will give it a try(Another Hemi-Replacement).Ok,Terry I'll let you go and I'll keep in touch and you do the same.

 07/27/2008 05:37 PM

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Hi Jim,
This whole ordeal has been a bit frightening. I had a slip and fall at work back in 2005. Prior to that time, I never had any joint problems. I had to have rotator cuff surgery, which failed to heal. I had to have a second surgery, this time, open instead of lap, which also failed to heal. Both surgeons didn't advise any further attempts to repair the rotator cuff. A year later I had to have a cervical fusion because of severe muscle spasms in the neck area. The neuro doctor said this was due to some kind of spinal degeneration which I had never experienced before the fall. I think the neck just got tired of supporting the head. The specialist then was advising some type of spinal implants to redirect the pain. That scared the heck out of me! My primary care sent me to another ortho team that recommended this surgery. This surgeon believes that traumatic arthritic changes caused grooves in the ball which would cause the rotator cuff not to heal. He had planned to just cover the ball but after he got in he decided to replace the ball. I had no time to do any research. That might just be a good thing tho.
I found this website and am really shocked by how many surgeries people go thru to get relief.
This surgeon wants to keep the shoulder immobile for 3-4 months to allow the rotator cuff time to heal totally. My previous surgeries started PT immediately. I'm just worrying that no movement will cause more problems. Guess I just have to trust this doctor!
Thanks for replying. It feels good just to share what I'm going thru!!

 07/26/2008 07:51 PM

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Hello tlily,I guess I am doing fine but,I have developed bicep tendonitis according to my OS and the whole left shoulder is stiff all the time,physical therapy is trying to work on the tendonitis but to know avail,I am still going through therapy yet,so the OS put me on an agrressive oral steroids,the first 2 days I take 10 pills next 2 days its 9pills and it goes down with the dose every 2 days,the last dose is Aug 13th.Hopeing this will work,if it does then,I guess I will be put on a low dose of oral steriods,the shoulder is not the only joint that I have problem with,I have both knees that need replacing and I had a Arthodesis on my right ankle in 1979,so you can see that I have a load of orthopedic issues,I am a permanent ficture there I guess.LOL.I will keep you posted on my progress and you do the same.have a good day.Jim.
 07/26/2008 02:45 PM

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I'm recouperating from a hemi-replacement on July 14. How are you doing? I had the ball replaced and a third attempt to repair the rotator cuff. Any info would be greatly appreciated.


 01/26/2008 08:22 PM

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hello,ladies and gentlemen,i'm new to this forum.i had a hemi-replacement on jan 22,so what can expect in terms of recovery,any info will be appreciated.jim
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