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    Posted: Nov/03/2013 at 9:21pm
Hi Guys,

I have not only been a member of this forum for back surgeries, but I have an upcoming Rototor Cuff surgery coming up this Thursday.
 
Is there anyone out there that has had this procedure before?  If so, can you help a single person prepare for what I'm about to face, more so post-op?
 
It is on my right arm (predcominate) and I just don't know how to prepare my post-op home coming.
 
Thank you so much in advance if you all can give me any suggestions on how to prepare myself and house for having my arm in a sling for 6 weeks, plus at least 4 months of PT.
 
Bye for now and thank you again in advance for your suggestions, etc. Smile
Here is My Chronic Pain Storyt?y: I had a Work Comp injury 1/2007. Conservative treatments, ESI, 4 rounds of PT, Massage, Traction, PLIF on L5/S1 in Jan, 2008. 4 more rounds of PT, but am considered "Stagnant in recovery". UPDATE 12/08: Based on recent CT Scan, I am considered official as a NON-FUSION at the L5/S1 Level from operation on 1/3/08. There is a broad based left lateral disk protusion at L4/L5 entering the left neural foramen as well as a broad based protusion at L5/S1 (which is the level the hardware is located). UPDATE: Discogram 1/13/09, results there will be a 2 Level Fusion (ALIF) to be performed in March/2009 with hardware removal from PLIF of 1/3/08. 2/09/08 Being sent to a Pain Rehabilitation center out of town. 7/16/09 had hardware removal posterior and ALIF with spacers brackets at L4/L5, L5/S1, still in recovery from 2nd surgery. I am social security disabled due to injury. 5/10/2010 MRI results - Disk bulges C3-C7, T3-4 & T10-11. 11/17/2010 MRI results - Mild diffuse enhancement at the L4-L5 vertebrral bodies. Conus medullaris terminates at the L1-L2 level, this is at the low end of normal. L2-L3 & L3-L4 moderate bilateral facet hypertophy is event. The neural foramina remain patent. UPDATE: 5/1/11 - diagnosed with Fibro, also pain mgmt Dr. wants to burn the Facet Joint nerves in my cervical and lumbar regions. UPDATE: 11/7/2013 Rotator Cuff surgery.
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Hi Pebbles and best of luck to you with the upcoming surgery

I am sure it is scary, but my husband had it done a couple of years ago, and it went really well. I don't recall any real major road blocks with recovery. Or the need to be in a sling for so long. He didn't need PT for long at all. Was back playing golf much sooner than what you are being told but as you know every case is different.

I just wanted to let you know that this surgery as is normally done via arthrosopcic, is no where as scary as compared to spinal fusions and keep positive that it will go very well and that you are going to have a quick and full recovery.

Please have the hospital staff made aware that you are on your own and will need some help for your post op care. Also, please let us know how you are doing when you can. Many hugs, Stevie

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Hi Pebbles,
 
I can't offer any help on post surgery expectations, but wanted to let you know I'm here too. Wishing you all the best on your upcoming surgery and then recovery. I'll be watching to see how it goes. Take care.
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Wishing you the best!  Positive thoughts and prayers your way
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I think things vary with the surgeon - I decided against having a rotator cuff surgery because of the risk of a deep vein thrombosis - I had a blood clot in my lung after it had been trapped in my knee after surgery
 
But I was told I would be without the use of my arm at all for 3 months and then another 3 months doing physio
 
Seeing as I had two surgeries on my other shoulder many years ago I did not feel inclined to trust this surgeon but the main reason not having the surgery was the previous PE - which may have been due to my age -
 
So in spite of my being the shoulder person here I really can't advise you - speak with your surgeon or his staff about this again
 
 
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Hey Pebblicious,
 
Never had the surgery but do have a partially torn rotator in my right shoulder. All those years of pitching (baseballs not woo). Did have a few months of PT that did the trick as far as pain and range of motion. I can't throw a ball overhand without feeling pain but why would I throw a ball at my age. I toss it underhand to my dogs. Good luck on the surgery.
 
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You are right about the age thing Dick - I think I can get through the rest of my life without the full range of shoulder movement
 
Pebbzie - a lot of decisions need to be made with our age in mind - with or with out surgery - how much will you be able to manage - rotator cuff injuries rend to be painful but can be controlled with cortisone injections into the shoulder - it's something that needs a lot of thought - but if done by a good surgeon should work well
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HI Pebbles. I hope your surgery goes well and your recovery is uncomplicated.
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pebles i have never had shoulder surgery just pain from both shoulders. when shoulders are painful cutting food and preparing it is difficult. if i was you i'd have lots of food thats already prepared and ready to be heated. hopefully this will go well and you will be in good shape quickly.....pal pete
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To answer your question Pebbz - things have changed since I had my shoulder surgery - now your arm will be out of commission for about 3 months depending on what the surgeon thinks himself -
 
Then you will have another 3 months getting back the movement you have lost without developing a frozen shoulder
 
I think you will have to organised help of some kind - I learned to do a lot of things one handed - but it was my left arm that was disabled -
 
If you are alone you will need some prepared meals - there are companies that prepared meals - I get some myself - just for the ease of having a cooked dinner - but I eat a lot of vegetables and chopping would be out of the question for a while
 
There's gadgets you can get to help
 
Also I have noticed in the supermarket that there are sealed packets of all sorts of food -
 
You won't be able to do housework - you will need someone to organise that for you - or rather - you will do the organising and someone else will do it
 
I don't remember it being that hard when I had my shoulder reconstruction - I was in hospital for 4 days and went home alone and cooked easy meals -
 
It depends a lot on what the surgeon says - and who you have around to help you out
 
I'm sorry that it won't be easy
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Thank you all for your wonderful suggestions and good wishes.  I did buy frozen meals today and did some house cleaning.
 
My neighbor will be driving me to and from the out patient surgery center.  I do not have anyone to watch me for 12-24 hours as they recommend however.  I also have a strong german shepherd that I have to walk and I was told by another neighbor that had the same surgery done, that there would be no way I could walk my Nina.  I'm just going to have to grin and bare it because no one else around me can help and family is out of state.
 
Anyway, I'm just trying to stay calm about the procedure.  I had 2 fusion surgeries done, but the first one done in '08 caused me so much trauma that I have  PTSD and Anxiety now, so that's why I'm so worried.
 
However, as Stevie said, I don't believe this surgery will be nearly as bad as the 2 back fusions.  I think just more of an inconvenience, especially for a single person.
 
Thank you again everyone for your input and best wishes.  I will let you know how it turns out.  Surgery is at 10:00 a.m. tomorrow morning.
 
 
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Here is My Chronic Pain Storyt?y: I had a Work Comp injury 1/2007. Conservative treatments, ESI, 4 rounds of PT, Massage, Traction, PLIF on L5/S1 in Jan, 2008. 4 more rounds of PT, but am considered "Stagnant in recovery". UPDATE 12/08: Based on recent CT Scan, I am considered official as a NON-FUSION at the L5/S1 Level from operation on 1/3/08. There is a broad based left lateral disk protusion at L4/L5 entering the left neural foramen as well as a broad based protusion at L5/S1 (which is the level the hardware is located). UPDATE: Discogram 1/13/09, results there will be a 2 Level Fusion (ALIF) to be performed in March/2009 with hardware removal from PLIF of 1/3/08. 2/09/08 Being sent to a Pain Rehabilitation center out of town. 7/16/09 had hardware removal posterior and ALIF with spacers brackets at L4/L5, L5/S1, still in recovery from 2nd surgery. I am social security disabled due to injury. 5/10/2010 MRI results - Disk bulges C3-C7, T3-4 & T10-11. 11/17/2010 MRI results - Mild diffuse enhancement at the L4-L5 vertebrral bodies. Conus medullaris terminates at the L1-L2 level, this is at the low end of normal. L2-L3 & L3-L4 moderate bilateral facet hypertophy is event. The neural foramina remain patent. UPDATE: 5/1/11 - diagnosed with Fibro, also pain mgmt Dr. wants to burn the Facet Joint nerves in my cervical and lumbar regions. UPDATE: 11/7/2013 Rotator Cuff surgery.
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Best of luck and hugs and all good wishes, Pebs.

There are dog walking services that you should look into.  My husband couldn't play golf for 6 months after his surgery, but was doing a lot in a months time, including walking the dog.  Just be really careful as you don't want to undo anything that is fixed. 

This surgery has good outcomes, and if you are really careful you are going to be fine.  But, please------call right now and get someone in to walk Nina.  That you cannot do.  Stevie xoxoxo

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Wow Pebbzie - that surgery is coming up fast.
 
Your dog will need a walker - but please don't try that yourself - pulling on your good shoulder can cause a bit of anguish to the one who has had the surgery
 
All the best though - I will be thinking of you
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No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
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Thinking of you Pebbles and wishing you complete success with this surgery.
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good luck pebbles...if i could walk i'd be there in two seconds to take NINA for a walk....pal pete
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Hope everything is going good for you Pebbles.
Post when you can.

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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Pebbles  Rotator Cuff is nothing compaired to back problems much easier I have had both shoulders done in a 18 month period. You are Strong! and A Survivor.

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Pebbles has asked me to update you all on her surgery. She has an app for her phone so she can talk instead of type and we are Facebook buddies. She had the surgery, all went well, and she is home. She actually had her first PT session today. Please respond and give her some encouragement because she is reading the posts and when she is able, will start posting on her own. Until then, I will be Pebbles Jr..
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That is great news, Dick----thank you for posting:) 

Pebbles----keep up the good work, and get well quickly!!!  Try using your app here----I use dictation when I am in too much pain to type.

Who is walking Nina for you?  Healing hugs and again thank you to Pebbles, JrBig smile

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Great news Pebbles!
 
Thanks for the update Dick. Wow, already had your first pt session, ouch? Who is walking Nina? I have 2 labs who have to be exercised daily, I get it, but you sure can't do it for awhile. This is when it's really too bad we're only able to help online. I know if we were all close that someone could help out and take her for a walk.
Glad you're home and doing well. Good luck and I'll be watching to see how you're doing. Take care Pebbles.
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Awesome news!  We're all pulling for you!Hug
Severe kyphoscoliosis, vertebrae fracture, spinal degeneration and reduced bone density throughout my body, doctor suspects fibromyalgia, unexplained spontaneous muscle strains/tear, poor alignment of my femur to tibia - 3 surgery attempts to fix - still frequent subluxation and periodic dislocation of knee along with cysts and an inoperable meniscus tear in that knee. Knee osteoarthritis - hip osteoarthritis suspected to be caused by my missing half of a vertebrae and other congenital abnormalities affecting my gait. (Other little misc. problems, but I think that hits the summary)
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Thank goodness Pebbles that everything went well for you. I'm glad you are home and resting. Take all the time you need and we will see you when you start to feel better.

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1st injured Feb, 1997. Was told it was "Soft Tissue" and sent back to work - no X-rays
Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
March 2006, had 3rd Surgery, this time fusion and instrumentation from Si to L3.
June 2008 Surgeon finally admitted I had Failed Back Surgery.
August 2009 WCB Finally put me on Long Term Disability
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Good work Dick - thanks for being the messenger
 
That's great news Pebbz - I wish you all the best with the PT - and I am glad your surgery is behind you
 
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Pebbles is doing better and better. Her service dog Nina was walked by Pebbles neighbor the first few days and now Pebbles is walking She is having some computer issues but when they get worked out she will post herself.
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Five knee surgeries from 1970 to 2000. Knee replacement in 2000.Spinal stenosis surgery in May of 2002. Diagnosed with Pseudogout in 2005, effecting hands, knees, and shoulders. Emergency surgery in March of 2006 for spinal infection of L 2 and L 3. During surgery, discovered I had Cauda Equina Syndrome. Spine became unstable after surgery and had 360 fusion with 10 pedicle screws, plates and rods in April of 2007. Retired early as a high school principal. Recently, have had trigger finger surgery on both hands as well as surgery for severe bi-lateral Carpal Tunnel disease.
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Hi everyone, it's Pebbles! 
 
Happy belated Thanksgiving. 
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Thank you everyone for yoour kind words and support while recoivering.  It's still veryt difficult to do things wth my right arm, thats why I haven't been in tough via this website.  I have been able to be on facebook because my cell phone has voice dictation,
 
Just like a "spiney", I have completely over doing it, to the point my arm is completely shattered in pain.  But I'm single and haven't have a lot of help.  2 neighbors helped the first few days and I appreciate that so much, but that has  dropped off now.
 
 
I have to keep it short for now, but I do see my surgeon tomorrow and hope my recovery is comingn along well.  I have had to walk my service dog, which I'm not supposed to do, but my one neighbor helped 3 times and gave her a good run around the hood LOL  Poor Nina is packing on the  pounds like me LOL
 
I want to thank Dick aka Pebbles Jr. for his updating you all as well.
 
Ok, just too meds and time to lay down.  I wil write more tomorrow after seeing the surgeon.
 
xoxo Pebbles
Here is My Chronic Pain Storyt?y: I had a Work Comp injury 1/2007. Conservative treatments, ESI, 4 rounds of PT, Massage, Traction, PLIF on L5/S1 in Jan, 2008. 4 more rounds of PT, but am considered "Stagnant in recovery". UPDATE 12/08: Based on recent CT Scan, I am considered official as a NON-FUSION at the L5/S1 Level from operation on 1/3/08. There is a broad based left lateral disk protusion at L4/L5 entering the left neural foramen as well as a broad based protusion at L5/S1 (which is the level the hardware is located). UPDATE: Discogram 1/13/09, results there will be a 2 Level Fusion (ALIF) to be performed in March/2009 with hardware removal from PLIF of 1/3/08. 2/09/08 Being sent to a Pain Rehabilitation center out of town. 7/16/09 had hardware removal posterior and ALIF with spacers brackets at L4/L5, L5/S1, still in recovery from 2nd surgery. I am social security disabled due to injury. 5/10/2010 MRI results - Disk bulges C3-C7, T3-4 & T10-11. 11/17/2010 MRI results - Mild diffuse enhancement at the L4-L5 vertebrral bodies. Conus medullaris terminates at the L1-L2 level, this is at the low end of normal. L2-L3 & L3-L4 moderate bilateral facet hypertophy is event. The neural foramina remain patent. UPDATE: 5/1/11 - diagnosed with Fibro, also pain mgmt Dr. wants to burn the Facet Joint nerves in my cervical and lumbar regions. UPDATE: 11/7/2013 Rotator Cuff surgery.
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HI Pebbles,
 
Thanks so much for the updateThumbs Up and I'll be looking to see what the surgeon has to say tomorrow, hopefully all good news.
 
I know how difficult it is to take care of a dog on your own, and you can only count on even good friends for so much. Please, please be careful though Pebbles. I can't imagine trying to walk either of mine with an injured shoulder. Oww.
 
Take care and I'll be watching to see how your appointment goes, good luck.
 
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Hey Pebs!!!

Thank you for the update, it is wonderful to hear from you.

Will the dictation on your phone not work here on the site?  Mine does----I wish it would.

We will be looking to see how you do after you see the surgeon.  I hope it is all good news.   I am sure that walking Nina has to be terribly difficult.  But, she is an angel and am sure she knows not to pull.

Take good care and we will see you back here as soon as you can manage.  Warm-Fuzzy  Stevie

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Hi Pebbz - shoulders hurt during recovery - and the bad one doesn't like being alone - the good one has to join the pain party
 
In the units next to mine there is a young lab called Pickles - his dad told me that they call him Pickles because he gets into Pickles - and they both work and I can tell when he has got himself into trouble when he starts barking
 
His Mum and Dad are young - and I would love to take Pickles for the walk he really needs during the day - but my dd warned me that dogs pull on the shoulder - and so I have never offered
 
It would be good to walk a dog though - esp a good dog like Pickles
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Hi Pebbles,
How did your appointment go? I hope everything
turned out real well.

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Late 1997 attended 1st Rehab Program to strengthen back. Mid 98 PCP took me off work. Tried going back to work over the next couple years, mostly off work due to pain.
June 2000, met with OS for first time. Did MRI , damage was L5-S1 totally blown out. Surgery done Jan, 2001.
Another Rehab program late 2001, attempted to go back to work early 2002. Slipped on water, fell flat on back screw fusion broke.
Went to 3rd Rehab program summer 2002.
Oct 2003 - 2nd Surgery, due to broken screw, had to operate from the front.
No improvement. Attended 4th Rehab program in 2004, at time It was decided NO work.
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Me Too Tongue 
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