I am now 18 days post op total Reverse Shoulder. I will not start PT for a couple of weeks yet, but I am supposed to do a couple of simple, passive stretching flexability exercises such as bend over and let my arm hang straight down while making small circles..
I still cannot pull up my pants
I cannot feed myself with that arm or brush my teeth
I am not supposed to lift my arm or lift any weight
I definately am not supposed to put my arm or hand behind my body (it would dislocate my shoulder)
I have to sleep with my sling on, but no longer use it during the day.
I have not taken any pain pills since leaving the hospital
I find I am very tired, and have resorted to an afternoon nap daily
I Have about a 5" scar covered with steri strips.
I type on the computer mostly with my other hand.
There is not a comfortable bra that does not cross over where the stitches are.
The range of motion on the surgical shoulder is extremely limited and there is no strength.
I didn't realize that in order to get the prothesis in, they dislocate your shoulder twice.
My doctor told me it would be 4-6 months of rehab.
I need to find a PT that is familiar with total Reverse shoulder because the rehab is very different
I hope that others contemplating this surgery will find this journey informative. I will post updates and progress from time to time