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Anyone here had shoulder surgery recently? (torn labrum)

Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:06 am
Posted by concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
5937 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:06 am
Received diagnosis this week, multiple tears in labrum, tendinitis in rotator cuff, tendinitis in bicep, and more...

They recommended 2 paths, conservation and surgery.
I have a hard time believing that PT is going to fix the damage, I just want to move on and have the surgery. Anyone been in a similar boat and tried the PT/meds route?

Posted by MasterJSchroeder
Berwick
Member since Nov 2020
958 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:11 am to
That is a really rough surgery

Are you physically active? In terms of a physically intensive job or exercise?
Posted by BRgetthenet
Member since Oct 2011
117664 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:12 am to
quote:

labrum




Labrum?

Damn near killed him.
Posted by Sp0728
Your head
Member since Aug 2018
1530 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:12 am to
PT didn’t do anything for my Labrum.

Had a 80% torn labrum and bicep tendinitis and dented humoral head from violent dislocation.

Had surgery and now that shoulder feels way better than other. Recovery was a bitch but worth it in my opinion.
Posted by phutureisyic
New Orleans
Member since Aug 2016
3368 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:13 am to
I had 3 tears and went the PT route for a few months. It helped but it was never really healed. I’m considering surgery soon because now it’s becoming difficult to sleep.
Posted by LegendInMyMind
Member since Apr 2019
53377 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:16 am to
Shoulders are kind of a fricked now or fricked later type deal. You're either gonna suffer through the pain and discomfort, go to rehab, and eventually maybe get back to near 100%. Or, you're going to have surgery and deal with the madness of an immobilized arm for the duration of recovery and then have the rehab work to do. If you're truly unfortunate you'll get to enjoy both options.
This post was edited on 8/2/23 at 11:16 am
Posted by concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
5937 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:19 am to
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If you're truly unfortunate you'll get to enjoy both options.


My thought is this, I can endure months of PT, cortisone, anti-inflammatories, etc... and still need the surgery.

They are selling this as potentially only needing 1 week of immobilization if it goes well, but 4 weeks if there's more cleaning up to do.
Posted by LemmyLives
Texas
Member since Mar 2019
6397 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:20 am to
Do surgery. I had a torn labrum as well, and wasted over a year getting cortisone shots, etc. The tendon isn't going to heal itself.

Meanwhile, surgery gets you three or so arthroscopic holes, and my shoulder has been bulletproof for a decade. I hope you have a Lay-Z-Boy to sleep in, you do not want to sleep on your back as long as you have the arm pillow.

The repaired shoulder needs to be stretched a lot before I squat to get the flexibility needed, but that's about it.
Posted by sonoma8
Member since Oct 2006
7662 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:20 am to
Had mine March of this year due to shoulder dislocation and pec tear. Had to wear a big arse bulky sling for a couple months. Was my non-dominate arm so it really wasnt a big deal as far as work goes. Rehab was 2x week for 8 weeks. Still catches every now and then and that arm is weaker than before but I still have good ROM. Its either do it now or do it later type of ordeal. Pain was legit the 1st two days, but subsided to just soreness just after.

ETA. As poster said above, have a comfortable recline to sleep in. I slept in mine for 6 weeks before I was finally able to lay flat in bed
This post was edited on 8/2/23 at 11:22 am
Posted by concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
5937 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:20 am to
quote:

I had 3 tears and went the PT route for a few months. It helped but it was never really healed.


I have tears in each quadrant, and I can't sleep on it at all. I can't do shiat like reach up, or things like open the recliner, seat belt, back pack type stuff i.e. I can't run the leaf blower or spray weeds in the yard.

I can get by, but I worry I'm just making it worse.
Posted by boudinman
Member since Nov 2019
4992 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:22 am to
PT only delays the needed surgery. Schedule surgery ASAP. Choose an Ortho surgeon that specializes in shoulder trauma.

Torn labrum must be darted/anchored back in place.
This post was edited on 8/2/23 at 11:26 am
Posted by concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
5937 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:22 am to
quote:

Are you physically active? In terms of a physically intensive job or exercise?


Physically active: yes
Job, not so much. I work on a computer, so moving a mouse and typing are as bad as it gets outside of trade show stuff.

Posted by dupergreenie
Member since May 2014
5329 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:24 am to
I've had 3 labrum tears.

3 surgeries. There is pretty much no way to 'rehab' the labrum. They are trying to strengthen the muscles around it (rotator cuff and bicep). Any other questions ask away.
Posted by concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
5937 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:24 am to
quote:

PT only delays the needed surgery. Schedule surgery ASAP.


Thanks. I agree but I like reinforced opinions.
I have a friend that is a PT, will contact her tonight.

Google is useless. YES! It can heal on it's own. NO! It cannot heal on it's own.
Posted by concrete_tiger
Member since May 2020
5937 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:25 am to
quote:

I've had 3 labrum tears.


How long was the recovery after each of your surgeries? I am not a spring chicken, mid 40s.
Posted by sonoma8
Member since Oct 2006
7662 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:26 am to
quote:

I work on a computer, so moving a mouse and typing

I was back at the desk in a week doing the same using both hands if work return is an issue
This post was edited on 8/2/23 at 11:28 am
Posted by football101
South LA
Member since Jun 2011
195 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:29 am to
I had the surgery about 8 years ago. I tried the PT first and dealt with the issue for about 10 years before I had the surgery. I had several instances of subluxation within those ten years with the last being the worst so I decided to have the surgery. The pain after surgery wasn't bad for me but the recovery and rehab wasn't easy. I haven't had a subluxation since but my shoulder definitely still feels a bit loose. In my case, I didn't feel like it was healed until at least a year afterwards.
Posted by dupergreenie
Member since May 2014
5329 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:31 am to
quote:

How long was the recovery after each of your surgeries? I am not a spring chicken, mid 40s


Roughly 4 to 6 months. I was working a very physical job so the work reconditioning was brutal for me. For the 2nd and 3rd surgery my doctor was treating me as if I were a pitcher/quarterback (his words not mine) and was shutting me down for the season.

If you don't work a physical job you can probably be back at work in a month or so.
Posted by Sl0thstronautEsq
Antarctica
Member since Aug 2018
9200 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:32 am to
I've had shoulder surgery for a torn labrum and I 1000% recommend one of these things:




LINK

They're not cheap, but they're worth every penny to make the recovery less painful.
Posted by dupergreenie
Member since May 2014
5329 posts
Posted on 8/2/23 at 11:35 am to
quote:

They're not cheap, but they're worth every penny to make the recovery less painful.


I had one for my last surgery and it helped big time.
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