OT: Galoot shoulder & getting it fixed


I DAGS and found several of the regulars have had some shoulder repair work done. Was it worth it? How long before you were able to push the jointing plane? Would you do it again? I'm looking at the scalpel and asking for a second opinion.....Those with experience.
Thanks, Knothead
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What type of procedure are you looking at? What injury type? (rotator cuff? dislocation?)
I had a repeatedly dislocating shoulder "fixed" about 8 years back. Seems the "capsule" of tendons that hold the ball on the socket (you remember high-school anatomy, right? Ball and socket joint...except for the shoulder it's more like a golf ball and a golf tee...) Anyway, those tendons had stretched out considerably after dislocating the shoulder a good ~20x over the course of four years.
They stretched the loose tendons over and tacked them down to a handy bit of shoulder bone.
I had them cut me open (95% success rate vs. 65% success for artheroscopic <sp?> ) and I didn't have a dislocation again until about a year ago. I'm back in PT to build things up again (like I should have in the first place). Down time was about 2 weeks (IIRC) with my arm strapped to my side. I was back to "normal" in about 6 weeks. I'd say you'll be out pushing a jointing plane after about 2-3 months if your injury/surgery is comparable.
Overall, the surgery was worth it, but don't discount the physical therapy that you'll need...and DO it, elsewise you'll end up back in the same place later...
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On Thu, 7 Jul 2005 06:19:59 -0500, "Knothead"

I was having terrible problems with my rotator cuff in my left shoulder, and went to physical therapy for it. Turns out that years of manual labor after an old tear in the joint had made the wrong muscles too strong, and they were pulling the it into a wierd position. Three or four visits to PT and making sure to do the exercises they gave me did a world of good- I'm sure not everyone can have such an easy fix, especially if the problem was due to a specific injury, but it's probably worth a shot to try the therapy alone first, and use surgery as a last resort. With that route there was *no* recovery time, the problem just got a little better every day until it went away.
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My bad shoulder got a lot better when I stopped abusing it nearly so often with an ugly golf swing.
Do you think I can I claim my handplanes as a medical expense? ;-)
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Bet mine wins the ugly competition. I just recently figered out I was looking for the low score...

I would go for the golf fees for therapy
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On Thu, 7 Jul 2005 06:19:59 -0500, "Knothead"

Work-related injuries http://dilbert.com/comics/dilbert/archive/dilbert-20050709.html
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