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Old 11-15-2014   #11
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Hey everyone, I really appreciate all of the comments you have put up and I am glad to hear that everyone is doing well now after their surgeries. My surgery went well; I had my labrum repaired and anchored in, as well as two loose bodies of cartilage 2-3cm each taken out of my shoulder. They also removed a flap of cartilage that was dead in the shoulder and did microfracture as well. So it ended up being a pretty intense surgery, but it went well and my pt thinks I will be back in 4 months. Unfortunately I did not get a pain pump, so it is quite painful(especially the pt exercises), but it should only be a week or so of the major pain while everything begins the healing process.
Thanks again for all of the kind words and encouragement!

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Old 11-15-2014   #12
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Good to hear Max,

I've got a torn rotator cuff in my left shoulder, the injury will be two years old on January 13 (happened on a Friday the 13th). It was really painful at first but now doesn't bother me a whole lot. I'm really having a hard time taking that much time off playing in the water and snow...not to mention work (I deliver air freight). Be glad you're young, it looks like I'll be scheduling my surgery to coincide with a stint on unemployment...or prison.

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Old 11-16-2014   #13
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September 2013 I had surgery for a 360 degree tear of my labrum. PT was brutal and intense, but I got through it was boated this past summer, but not without some issues. My roll definitely changed a bit a became a little unpredictable due to a loss of range of motion, which was weird since I never doubted my roll before. The biggest piece of advice I would give you is that even when your doc has cleared you for activity, keep up on your PT routine. Really, you should never stop the routine you will develop toward the end of your PT, but just do it at home 3 or so times a week. I got back on my routine after slacking during boating season, and my range of motion is now quite a bit better thanks to my exercises and especially stretching, so I'm hopeful that next season I'll be back more to my old self. Since you are young though, keep in mind you have a much higher recurrence rate for re-injury than someone like me in my 30s (has to do with the tissues being more pliable for the younger people I guess), so take your ongoing shoulder exercise routine very seriously.
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Old 11-16-2014   #14
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Pain pumps can be effective if they are placed right. Most likely your anesthetist will perform an interscalene block before they wake you up. This block is far superior to the painbuster and can give good pain relief for 12-48 hours post op

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