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    Yesterday I had my left shoulder surgery and on coming round in the recovery room found myself being attended to by a very nice nurse, having a dry throat and an embarrassingly very firm stiffy which would not go away!

    Having had a cervical nerve root block in my neck I had a left arm that was totally numb and over which I have had no control until a couple of hours ago, 18hrs after surgery.

    Speaking to my surgeon afterwards the good news is that the arthroscopic subacromial decompression and arthroscopic arthrolysis he carried out were successful and that there are no tears or damage to muscles.

    The not so good news is that there is evidence of arthritis in the joint which will probably result in me needing a new shoulder in the future! He advises that ideally this would not be until I am 70 as it is a procedure that really should only be done once. I therefore need to manage the shoulder and this means no heavy work above shoulder height so my hedge cutting/pruning days are done.

    I have had my sling off this morning and done a few exercise and can feel I have more range of movement already. My first physiotherapy appointment is tomorrow.

    I should be able to jog next week and cycle in a fortnight providing the range of movement causes no pain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    Yesterday I had my left shoulder surgery and on coming round in the recovery room found myself being attended to by a very nice nurse, having a dry throat and an embarrassingly very firm stiffy which would not go away!

    Having had a cervical nerve root block in my neck I had a left arm that was totally numb and over which I have had no control until a couple of hours ago, 18hrs after surgery.

    Speaking to my surgeon afterwards the good news is that the arthroscopic subacromial decompression and arthroscopic arthrolysis he carried out were successful and that there are no tears or damage to muscles.

    The not so good news is that there is evidence of arthritis in the joint which will probably result in me needing a new shoulder in the future! He advises that ideally this would not be until I am 70 as it is a procedure that really should only be done once. I therefore need to manage the shoulder and this means no heavy work above shoulder height so my hedge cutting/pruning days are done.

    I have had my sling off this morning and done a few exercise and can feel I have more range of movement already. My first physiotherapy appointment is tomorrow.

    I should be able to jog next week and cycle in a fortnight providing the range of movement causes no pain.

    Onwards and upwards!
    Very pleased to hear it went well, and that the outlook is good. Thanks for letting us know

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    Good news LB. I hope it all continues to go well.

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    That improved range of movement sounds good but take it gently!

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    Great stuff.... but no handstands for a few days.

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    I hadn't realised that your injury was so severe, Llani -- "left arm that was totally numb" -- anyway, I hope you are back in action soon.
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    Pleased for you LB all the best
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthonykay View Post
    I hadn't realised that your injury was so severe, Llani -- "left arm that was totally numb" -- anyway, I hope you are back in action soon.
    The arm wasn't numb before surgery, AK, just for 18hrs after the nerve root block injection prior to surgery.

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Llani Boy View Post
    The arm wasn't numb before surgery, AK, just for 18hrs after the nerve root block injection prior to surgery.

    Thanks everyone for your kind comments.
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    Hope there's more movement today (that's in your arm, not tonight's game!).
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    A full week after shoulder surgery and things are pretty good. Still sore but I have got much more range of movement than I had prior to having it done.

    Last Thursday, Friday and Saturday, apart from the exercises I was given, I took it easy mainly watching rugby and cycling on TV.

    Sunday a 4 mile walk, Monday 5 miles, Tuesday 6 miles and this afternoon 9 miles. This morning I went back to the hospital to see the Physiotherapist and she is pleased with my progress and did a bit of manipulation. I've got a few new exercises to do before I return next week.

    The only negative is that when I asked her if I could start jogging, her brow furrowed and I got a look which needed no words to go with it!

    She explained, and it all made sense, that if I tried to run, the natural movement of the arm/shoulder and the associated jolting would cause inflammation in the area and set the healing process back which is the last thing I want.

    My plan now is to heed her advice and not think about running until May but vastly increase the walking and recce some routes, highlighted on here by others, like the Kinder Killer, Kinder Dozen and the Gritstone Anytime Challenge with a view of giving them a go later in the year.

    I've also set myself two realistic challenges for the Autumn, the Cambrian Coast Sportive in September and the Y3P's, if I can get an entry.

    Onwards and Upwards.
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