You should have had the surgery by now. how are you? I was in a similar positon to you just 2 months ago (check out my post " recovering from shoulder surgey ")
Keep us updated,
Yes, I went under the knife on Tuesday the 11th of December. I haven’t had surgery of any kind since my appendectomy when I was in the 10th grade (I’m now 44). So, the whole experience was interesting.
Out-patient. 45-minutes of pre-op. One hour and five minutes of surgery. (General anesthesia.) Two hours in recovery. And I was home acting like a big baby before 10:30 a.m.
The surgeon removed the left shoulder bursa and performed “acromioplasty” on the left side (debridement of the lower surface of the acromion). He said he removed “a few millimeters” of bony material. This was all arthroscopically performed with the usual three incisions in the left shoulder - one in the front, one on the side, and one in the rear.
I didn’t know that the bursa will grow back!
Very limited range of motion for the first few days. The pain profile was as the surgeon described - little pain on surgery day; lots of pain the following morning; decreasing pain every day thereafter. Haven’t taken any Vicodin since Thursday. Applied ice for all waking hours for first two days after surgery - 20-minutes on, 40-minutes off.
At seven days out, I’m no longer using the arm sling. Resting pain is intermittent, but is never severe enough to warrant any meds. I can lift my arm to just short of horizontal to the floor before pain stops me. Can’t really reach behind. Gotta go real slow putting on shirts and opening and closing car doors.
Post-op appointment - surgeon pleased with progress. Showed me the arthroscope pictures and described what went on. Prescribed six weeks of physical therapy (PT) - Passive Range of Motion. Will have six week follow-up visit where he expects to call for six weeks further of Active Range of Motion PT. Says 100% recovery takes six months.
Should be light lifting with that arm after three months. When resuming the gym after Christmas (or possibly New Years) will do legs, abs and cardio for a few months. Won’t even risk anything with the left arm.
All in all, not a bad experience so far. I’ll try to add anything interesting as it comes up.
I have been following your shoulder recovery thread. Lots of good info in there.
How do you hold the bar when you DL? I’ve noticed that a switch grip can irritate an old impingement I had in my shoulder. A normal hook grip is much easier on my shoulder so I reserve switch grip for max-pulls and other extreme fatigue situations.
Also, I’ve been reading a little about a supp called Cissus Quadrangularis. Some people are calling it a miracle etc… I’ve never tried it, but you may want to ask around.[/quote]
I use a switch grip, alternating which palm is forward with each set. I notice no aggravation with this, or the conventional grip.
I’ve heard of Cissus, but haven’t really considered it. Perhaps I’ll fire up Google and revisit it now that you bring it up.