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Forum Name: Joint surgery

Question: Open Shoulder Sugery soon

 mathislife - Thu Nov 05, 2009 7:45 pm

I'm 22 years old, and I'm having surgery on Dec 15th on my shoulder. According to my MRI from September, I have an acromion type 2, with a mass effect on the supraspinatus tendon (sorry for any mis-spellings). I'm having the survery to remove some of the bone and to shave some of the already frayed tendon (not torn yet). Before I saw my doctor, I did a regimen of aleve/ibuprofen. My doctor placed me on Naproxen to see if a 'conservative' method would work (he did that for a full 30 days) and when nothing changed, we set a date for surgery.
I've had surgeries on my knee and ankle, but neither were open. I was told I'd have this big pillow-sling thing for 3 weeks to keep my shoulder at the correct angle, a regular sling for a week, and 6 weeks of rehab. I was also told I'd be staying 1 to 2 nights in the hospital... I never stayed overnight for my knee or ankle surgeries, so I'm a bit worried. If anyone has info or thoughts, I'd appreciate them...
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Sun Nov 22, 2009 7:41 pm

User avatar Hello,
Some orthopedic surgeons do arthroscopic shoulder repairs while others choose an open approach.
With the Mumford (decompressing the AC joint) procedure, an open approach is optimal.
The length of immobilization is a bit of a concern. We get our post rotator cuff patients going on passive range of motion within 3 days using PT including home therapy for the first 1-2 weeks.

Take care.

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