Post-Op Doctor’s Follow-up #2

Had my follow up doctor’s appointment after the 4 weeks in the sling.  Everything looked good apparently.  How they determine how well I’ve recovered, I have no clue.  I can’t raise my arm straight up yet.  I’ve been prescribed physical therapy for 4 weeks, 2 weeks less than what I had anticipated, so good definitely good news!  I’ll be back in effect hopefully by  June 24th assuming I start my PT next Monday, May 27, but I think I’m going to try and start earlier, perhaps tomorrow.  The last 4 weeks in the sling flew by pretty quickly.  I anticipate the next 4 weeks of PT will be a bit rockier.

Post-Op Day 33 Last Week

Last week of being in a sling.  Appointment next Thursday, so hopefully physical therapy starts then, but latest expecting to start PT is the following Monday, May 27th.

As far as my shoulder is concerned, mobility and range of motion has markedly improved from last posting.  Although, my range of motion is still definitely not 100%.  I can now lift my arm to about where it is parallel to the ground.  Any higher than that and it becomes very difficult.  I still can’t touch my chest with my palm; it’s sort of a test that I do every now and then to see where I’m at in terms of what I can and can’t do with the shoulder.  For some reason, I don’t have any sensation around my right anterior deltoid.  Just can’t feel anything even when I’m pinching it.

Post-Op Day 21

The journal needs some love.  It’s been about 21 days since I’ve had my shoulder arthroscopic surgery.  Coming into the surgery, I actually had no clue what I had injured in my shoulder.  I was informed that I had two types of a ligament tear to my labrum, a SLAP (Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior for the medically savvy) tear and Bankart tear.  The severity of the damage to the ligament was fairly significant and I was told was most likely was due to the repeated dislocation of the shoulder causing more damage to the tear.  Lesson learned: if you hurt yourself, don’t wait, get it examined asap, no excuses.

Looking back retrospectively, I could have been healthy right now and probably lifting some serious weight had I decided to do the operation last year.  Upon examination of my knee, also, I was informed to possibly have a partial meniscus tear.  I need to some research with this and see if it needs to be done.

Assuming my physical therapy starts May 27th and the duration is 6 weeks.  I’m looking at July 8th as a theoretical date of return to some form of normalcy and possibly lifting again.