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Nov. 7, 2013
Men's 70
740 posts
Shoulder replacement
I am going to see my Dr. at the end of Nov. I had rotator cuff and bicep tendon surgery last Nov. He wanted to replace the shoulder then but I said no. The shoulder is mostly bone on bone. Has anybody had this operation done or know of any results from it. It is my throwing arm. I can still hit and golf but I am very limited on my throwing ability( cannot get my wrist past my ear) Thanks Harry
Nov. 7, 2013
Men's 65
321 posts
Harry, Good wishes for you and your recovery. While golfing and hitting are a plus, it would be nice if you can get back into the complete game. Regards to you and Terri, Mel
Nov. 7, 2013
the wood
Men's 65
1123 posts
I was considering having the shoulder replacement procedure as well. Mine was bone on bone, too.
My surgeon suggested that I have a shoulder re-surfacing instead, which I did last November. It involved scraping the joint of all arthritis, honing down the shoulder ball and inserting a metal cap on it. It takes 4-5 months of rehab in order to be prepared to play.
Had there been structural damage (labrum, rotator cuff, etc.) they could have fixed that during the same procedure. There wasn't any.
Should the re-surfacing not totally work out you could still have a replacement.
This has worked well for me but perhaps it won't for others. Still, I'd discuss this possibility before I'd consent to having a replacement.
It wasn't until we ruled out hip re-surfacing that I had replacements.
Speak with your doctor about this option but know that not all surgeons do re-surfacing.
I'd bet that your strength is lacking in and around that joint. This will come back some each month following the surgery.
Nov. 8, 2013
1 posts
Birdie...I had shoulder replacement done in 2006 and it went well. I do not have quite the strength I once had and I do not throw like I once did either but I am doing well it. I play third base for Still Young/DLB 50 Major and I feel my limitations to some degree much of the time. Recovery time is a little longer than they tell you at least for me it was.

Your results will depend on how much the surgeon has to do, like mentioned earlier a hemi-arthroplasty (stainless ball on the end of the head of the humorus) will give you functionality enough to be active and have fun but all your pain/discomfort will not be gone. The reversal is much more involved and your recovery time will be much longer. Like (the wood) mentioned above I recommend a second and third opinion and do your own research from guys like me who have had it done.

Good luck with your decision.
Nov. 12, 2013
The yooper
28 posts
Hey Birdie: I had rotator cuff surgery, shoulder was also cleaned out and bicep tendon surgery this past January. The Doc was concerend about possibility of breaking the tendon but had no problems with that at all. The rotator cuff and shoulder was another thing had a hard time swinging the bat, a lot of discomfort, and no power at all but by end of July could do so with no pain. Spent a lot of time in the gym working with weights to make the shoulder stronger. This coupled with weekly massage therapy really helped and enabled me to hit the ball pretty hard. This was a legit massage therapist by the although those type massages do make one feel good at least I am told that. I feel the massage really helped a lot as it made the pain less and I feel helped my recovery. I have carpel tunnel surgery coming up a three weeks, heck I may be healthy come spring time. Put a good work out with weights and massage if possible and it will help.
Lemons, hope you are doing well, I know you went through some surgery yourself a couple years back.
Good luck and see you on the field. Donny C, "The Yooper"
Nov. 14, 2013
Men's 55
55 posts
I had the replacement surgery on my throwing arm in May 2011, based on arthritis that left not only bone on bone but a fairly large bone spur that made things worse. The surgeon told me during my rehab that throwing hard would risk breaking the bone around the "spike" that anchors the titanium ball into the humerus. As you say, hitting (and golfing) doesn't put that kind of stress on it, but throwing is a pretty unique stressor. Maybe my surgeon is being overly cautious (he said playing first at a picnic was okay, but my descriptions of AAA senior ball made him concerned), but I sure don't want to pull a Dave Dravecky out there, especially with a titanium ball joint and plastic cup that would have to be dealt with in conjunction with a broken humerus. Be sure to tell him how you would play afterwards.

Two and a half years later, it's certainly better than it was pre-surgery, and as I say I can do ordinary life stuff and play golf (it was five months before I got onto the golf course, BTW), but it's a bummer that softball is mostly off the table (I don't really have the hitting chops to be an EH on our team). Good luck whatever you decide.
Nov. 29, 2013
Men's 70
740 posts
Thanks for the help. I have an appointment with my Dr. on Monday and will discuss it with him. Thanks Harry
Dec. 13, 2013
Men's 60
1024 posts
Birdie curious what your doctor said. I'm going to have a shoulder replacement sometime in the next few months. I made the decision to go through with it after consulting with a top shoulder doctor in Los Angeles. I'm working with doctors at the Kerlan-Jobe clinic. I don't have a set date that will be determined in mid January. I'm working right now to up my conditioning, come in at a light weight with the hopes of speeding up the recovery time. If you decided to have the surgery it would certainly be helpful probably to both of us to stay in contact misery loves company or something like that. I got nothing left of my shoulder joint for conventional surgery, I have metal in there from a previous surgery 30 years ago and it migrated the MRI revealed that between the spurs and metal everytime I moved the arm it cut something. Frampton your thoughts were appreciated when making my decision.
Dec. 14, 2013
Men's 70
740 posts
Lecak, I talk to him and the only reason that I would have the shoulder replaced is so that I could throw again. There was not any guarantee that I would be able to throw. I can live with the pain. I am going to try the shots for now. The Dr. thought that they would help. The rotator cuff is healed. He was pleased with the strength of it. I can still hit and play golf would hate to have those things taken away. The best to you whatever you decide to do. Thanks Harry
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