Shoulder surgery update.

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  1. JUNKKING

    JUNKKING Active Member

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    A few weeks ago I posted that I had to have revision surgery on my shoulder. I had the surgery last Thursday and got sort of bad news. He wasnt able to do much as the shoulder is shot. He did repair a tear in the rotator cuff and said the rest was just too bad to fix. Too many degenerative changes just since May. He also told me I would not be able to return to my normal job and a shoulder replacement is in the near future. Merry Christmas to me. Just what I didnt need to hear right now. Thanks for listening.
  2. Caneman

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    thanks for letting us know what is going on, sorry to hear about the shoulder... only good news is that i have heard that any shoulder surgery is very difficult to recover from so you may as well get a new shoulder out of all this if you have to go through it...
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    Are you going to opt for the shoulder replacement? And since you won't be returning to you normal job, what does that leave? My brother has had two shoulder suguries, and is lining up for number three. Will the replacement solve your problems?
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    Junking - I am sorry to hear of your news - I hope it is not your shooting shoulder that is messed up! I can't speak about shoulder replacement, but I did have knee replacement this summer. It is a long, slow recovery process! Good luck!
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    Caneman, I had my left shoulder operated on in Nov of 09 it took 9 months to be able to go back to work as I do heavy construction Although the pain lasted 16 to 17 months in the left shoulder. In May of 2011 I had my right shoulder done and they did a total of 8 procedures in that shoulder at the time. I went back to see the surgeon in November thinking it just hurt as the first one did and I would be going back to work. He had me get another MRI and found more tears which led to this surgery. So far this one isn't too bad but there wasnt much he could do while he was in there.
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    Sorry to hear that. Dr. peter Millett of the Steadman clinic in Vail Co. can repair what other shoulder surgeons have messed up or cant fix. You might want to research him as an option. I fly into Vail pretty often and almost always there is one or two people on the plane with me who have just had surgery done by him.
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  7. JUNKKING

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    Carver, I see the surgeon tomorrow to discuss options. I did speak to his Physicians Assistant the day after my surgery and she told me that a replacement is in the future and that he would make me deal with the pain for quite awhile before he did a replacement because I am only 47 years old. As far as where does this leave me.. Sort of between a rock and a hard place. I got quite used to living a decent lifestyle although I did save over the years the first surgery cost me 14K from my savings and this one is in the ball park of 16 right now and growing. I got used to never wanting for anything and buying what I wanted. Depending on the hours having between 5 and 8 grand a month come into the house got to be somewhat comforting. I can take a disability retirement pension from my job but that is only going to be in the ball park of 3100 a month before federal taxes health insurance and a spousal option so my bride can continue to collect my pension for the rest of her life should I and most likely will die before her as she is 19 years younger than me. After all is said and done It will only leave me with about 900 a month for me out of the pension. This is a workers compensation case so I have to meet with the lawyer to see where this leaves me from there. I believe they may have to pay me monthly at my full rate and cover all medical bills incurred with this shoulder unless I settle.

    We do still have savings but it is a little scarey when you see it dwindle little by little with nothing going back into it. If the workers compensation insurance company would get their butts in gear and actually pay me steadily and what they are supposed to be paying me instead of dealing with an estimated wage I will be ok but will definitely have to make lifestyle changes. More things will go on the wish list instead of just getting it when available or when I want something. Wifey will actually have to put more miles on her vehicles before she gets a new one. She averages 1100 to 1700 miles a year and doesn't mind changing vehicles. Me on the other hand could care less. I drive a 2000 silverado extended cab with 118,000 miles on it. It looks new and drives new but I know its old and will serve its purpose until I can no longer maintain it without going broke.

    Replacement will help solve the problem in the shoulder but wont solve it totally. It will always be weak and fragile just as a hip replacement so it may be rimfire for me and that's about it. I still wont be able to perform my duties at my job. Believe me Carver when your brother says his shoulder hurts it hurts. When I hurt my first shoulder I told the guy I was working with pain doesn't hurt but this hurts. I knew immediately there was a bigger problem than being bruised. I have been through alot in my day falling 92 feet in 1989 the only thing that saved my life was hitting pipes on the way down to slow my fall and it didn't hurt anywhere near the pain of the shoulder injuries.
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    Geds, Unfortunately it is my shooting shoulder but both are messed up so like I said above it may be rim fore for me from now on. My mom had both knees replaced and both hips consecutive from one another and she recovered well just had limitations after all those bionic parts. Her recovery was about 3 months for each knee and about 5 to 6 for each hip. She did very well then ended up with legionella pneumonia and it killed her in 2 weeks. She was a strong woman that was rebuilt just to die 2 years later at least I know if she is in heaven she is dancing on her new hips and knees!!
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    I agree with you on the pain part. I had my shoulder reconstructed app. 2 years ago. They did the rotator cuff, labrum, and screwed the shoulder blade back together.
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    @Reynolds I will do some research on this Dr. The Doctor that did my surgeries is #1 in Pittsburgh as a shoulder specialist. He does work on all of the sports teams and upper class here in the city. But no matter what your specialty there is always someone better. I will let you guys know what I find out about Doctor Millett. Thanks for the information!!

    The surgery in May consisted of them rebuilding the labrum a 11 to 7 o:clock tear in the rotator cuff repair. A bicep tendon repair they removed 1 1/2 inches of the collar bone, Did a manipulation of the shoulder for frozen shoulder, removed bone spurs and fragments, shaved the plate down to give movement for an impingement, and they shaved the ball of the bone to remove debris. The weird thing is when I had my left shoulder done in 09 it wasnt workers comp and I did what I wanted including shoveling snow running the snow blower built a wall and it healed fine just hurt for a long time. This one was workers comp I sat in my house all summer went to therapy 3 times a week and didnt even get to shoot and this is what happened. I think the old timers were on to something when they said shake it off. Thats what I did withthe forst one and it was fine this one I babied it like they wanted me to so they couldnt say I did something I wasnt supposed to do and look what it got me.

    Like I said above too Pain doesnt hurt these suckers hurt.!! I can tollerate a ton of pain but for some reason the shoulder pain is the worse I ever had.
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    Junking - sorry about your mom! As far as workman's comp goes - don't get in any hurry. Their lawyers will drag it out as long as they can to get you to cave and take a settlement. My dad fell at work and broke his hip. He was completely disabled from it and it took 3 years to finally get a settlement!

    Good luck!
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    Geds you are exactly right! They are trying to starve me out. My company with held my wages for 4 months. My lawyer finally got them to pay me an estimated rate until they got the wages. Fortunately I do have savings and they are going to lose the wait battle. I have a forced mediation hearing on January 17th so I'm eager to find out why they are still not paying me my correct amount even though they got their wage records from my company back in September at the first hearing. I have since had my lawyer file a penalty petition according to the PA Workers Compensation act they are required to pay me a 10 to 50% penalty due to failure to provide substantial evidence that my wages were incorrect.
    I will keep ya posted on how everything goes from here.
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    I had the same surgery several years ago. They cut away the jagged edges of the rotator cuff, and took away several small chips of bone. I had three holes in my arm. The toughest issue for me, was sleeping. Kept rolling over on it.

    I feel for you. Maybe a second opinion would help? Another set of eyes, maybe.
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