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dougy dislocate
02-06-2006, 03:28 PM
I know a lot of this has been mentioned on this forum in the past, but I am looking at an open reco, I had my MRI Arthrogram on monday and go to see the specialist again this coming monday. (I'm getting a little impatient) Would anyone like to estimate how long I may have to wait for surgery? I am in the Estern Suburbs of Sydney, as is my surgeon and I have private health insurance. The timeframe will have a fairly signicant bearing on my work life.

My other questions relate to recovery, I maintain a very active lifestyle, footy (up until a couple of weeks ago), gym, touch, surfing etc. I have maintained a significant weight loss for a number of years and am concerned that 6 months out of action may undo some of this work. At what point can I get back into cardio activity?

I know my doc will be shedding light on these issues on monday but I was interested to get another perspective.

02-06-2006, 04:04 PM
Cardio work can begin really quick, particularly if you are doing bike work, running will be out of the question for a good 6-8 weeks.


dougy dislocate
06-06-2006, 09:11 AM
Cheers, I have been looking into buying an exercise bike for home.

I saw the doc yesterday and turns out because the damage is on the front, top and back, and he is now going to do it arthroscopically. Pleased that the recovery will be a bit quicker but dissapointed my footy career is as good as over.

MRI results:

Fairly extensive laberal tear is seen associated with Hill-Sachs deformity and small Bankhart bony lesion. The tear extends from the laberal anchor both anteriorly and posteriorly down to the inferior labrum. Chondral thinning is noted at the anterior glenoid rim

dougy dislocate
06-07-2006, 09:50 AM
So I had my Arthroscopic "Stabilisation" 3 weeks ago. Got a spot due to a cancellation, a month from injury to surgery, not bad. I had 5 anchors inserted, some bone chips removed and just a bit of a general clean up with 4 1-2cm incisions.

Spent 1 night in hospital, first 5 hours post op it turns out my pain killer "clicker" thing for my drip wasn't working so no pain relief at first but still found it quite tolerable. Was in heaven when they fixed it.

Spent 1 night and was sent home with a bag full of drugs, only used panadeine forte for 3 days and finished up my antibiotics. Movement was slow for a few days but pain very reasonable.

Got on my new exercise bike 10 days post op and am happy with my cardio fitness. I have noticed however that my bicep on injured side has pretty much disappeared already. I get my sling off next week and imagine it will be a while before I get back in the gym.

Is this rapid muscle loss normal?

Un registered
16-07-2006, 06:23 AM
Ur shoulder will be immobilized until 6 weeks pst-op but the recovery will take another 6 months.

07-08-2006, 01:55 PM
Had the Op - open surgery, with a 'scope in the rear, 4 anchors & some general tightening - last Wednesday & back at work Monday (office job). One night in hospital, little pain but make sure you request the morphine drip. It was pretty stiff the first few days, but recovery has been exponential since then. Sleeping is still difficult so stick to the pain-killers as prescribed (i'm also taking Stilnox). Good luck

07-08-2006, 09:24 PM
It's not unusual to have muscle loss. This often happens after orthopaedic surgery. Don't worry it will come back with time. Just have to work hard at getting it back again. If you're concerned I'd speak to your physio or surgeon.

I'm due to have my operation in early September and trying to build it up as much as possible.

Good luck with the recovery !