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Had shoulder replacement and regret it PAIN, AND MORE PAIN

pldguy128ppldguy128 SouthburyPosts: 1
Wish I never had my shoulder  replacement now I can't press my belly can't raise my left arm up fully to the left, cut off from all pain MEDs, Very angry at my shoulder surgeon, he used the new tornier simpliciti I can get my left arm to move only  if I shrug my shoulder really hard first. 

Saw my pace maker surgeon today, he said find a good physical therapy place and make your surgeon give you a referral now i'm on the hunt for who is really good with shoulders, my last one was nice, but how good they were with shoulders is doubtful since they never tested me for the belly press I had to say when they said your done, why can't I do this, got the deer in the headlights look, same when I went back to the GREAT surgeon who made me a shoulder cripple, sure i'm pushing 75, but that only a number to me I did it so I could keep working and be able to do hard work. Not sure how to find a good one?


  • dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 129
    Shoulder surgery is one of the more difficult surgeries not only performing, but more in terms of recovery.
    I had to have both of my shoulders totally replaced due to degenerating arthritis which left only bone on bone.   I had been seeing a shoulder specialist for this for almost 3 years.  He administered over a half a dozen of steroid injections into my shoulder to help with the pain.

    When it came time to realize that surgery was the only option, I started to look around.   My shoulder specialist was very good, perhaps the best in the area, but as he himself admitted, he performs total shoulder replacements about 5 times a year.

    My physiatrist  had recommend a orthopedic group down in NYC.   I went to see them and found the surgeon I wanted.
    He does about 4 or 5 total replacements a week!

    Needless to say, both shoulders were totally replaced by the same surgeon about 6 months apart.    It was a great surgery but I can tell you that the recovery was a bear.  I spent over 18 months of hard hard daily work and therapy to get my shoulders back..

    Today, my shoulders are better than before and most doctors and therapists are amazed about the range of motion and how well I did after this surgery considering my age and prior spinal surgeries.

    Finding that good surgeon?  Takes some work, but no question in my mind, its the amount of work you put into the recovery phase of shoulder surgery that makes the difference.
    Ron DiLauro Veritas-Health Forums Manager
     I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences 
    You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com  
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