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April 3, 2017
uk1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Replacements

I had a reverse shoulder procedure on January 24th. My physical therapist released me almost three weeks ago and I see my surgeon the 26th of April. He told me that if everything still looked good I would not have to see him for a year. I have not tried to throw or bat. Since I have no rotator cuff tendons anymore the lack of strength is a concern. I am pain free for the first time in at least 8 years and it is my throwing arm. I have a friend that had the same surgery on his non throwing arm and he hits the ball as well as he has ever hit. I was lucky that they did not have to reconnect my bicep muscle. I am so used to not being able to throw for the last 3 years because of the pain that I will have to get past that feeling it will hurt.
March 9, 2017
uk1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

paul0784, my doctor told me that throwing overhand may be an issue because with the reverse procedure that is where the most weakness will be noticed. I think if more people would check into this sooner, they would have a much better chance of playing sports. I am totally pain free. I have done all of the rehab and they tell me I am2 to 3 weeks ahead of the curve on my recovery. They increase my weight and tension strap every week and I have no trouble doing the rehab. I couldn't shoot a foul shot in basketball before the surgery and now I can. I can raise my arm straight up and let it bend backwards without pain. That makes it all worth it to me. I did have a doctor that specializes in shoulders only and is a sports trainer. Good luck with your shoulder.
March 3, 2017
uk1
Topic: General and miscellaneous
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

I had a total shoulder replacement 5 weeks ago. It had to be the reverse type because of all the damage to the rotator tendons. three were snapped and one was barely attached. The good thing is that they did not have to reattach my bicep muscle. I am totally pain free after living in pain for 10 years. I may or may not be able to play softball again, but just to be totally pain free is worth what I went through. Before the surgery I could not raise my arm up parallel to my shoulder and now I can raise it straight up. I just wanted to share this to anyone that is thinking about having the surgery. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Nov. 30, 2016
uk1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

Thanks bushman for the input. I was told that they don't think I have rotator cuff damage, which amazes me for as long as I have been playing, but most of that has been as a pitcher so I guess that saved me a little. I go December 12th for another consult and I will make the decision then. I guess I should have said that 10 years ago I first saw the ortho doctor and at that time he said within 10 years I would need this based off the arthritis he saw. I just didn't want to give up a game I love to play!!!
Nov. 26, 2016
uk1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

I have one friend that also had his non throwing shoulder replaced and another his throwing arm. both had the reverse shoulder procedure done. I have been told that the reverse is not the best scenario so I am hoping I don't have to go that route. I am tired of being in pain 24-7. I can't throw the ball from home to the pitcher unless I do it underhand. I can pitch no problem but I can't turn double plays or really through a quick ball to any bag if needed. I also feel like I have no power because I really can't position the bat properly.
Nov. 25, 2016
uk1
Topic: Website comments
Discussion: Shoulder replacement

Has anyone had a complete shoulder replacement recently? How long was the recovery time? Did you have a standard total replacement or the reverse shoulder replacement? Did you get the results you were hoping for from the surgery? Can you throw the ball without pain over handed? Did it help swinging the bat harder again?
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