Of course each individual is different and recovery will vary but some my find it interesting/useful anyway..
A little background;
I initially injured the shoulder before I started judo, "wrestling" with a mate and not knowing how to break fall, stuck my arm out and dislocated it. Once I started judo I dislocated it several times in various situations, saw a ortho surgeon, did PT, kept dislocating, about a dozen- 18 over the course of two years. Had MRI with contrast which showed a partial tear in the front of my labrum. Decided on surgery.
Had surgery 4 days ago now. Had the procedure done arthroscopically. Stayed in hospital overnight, on a reasoable amount of pain relief- 10mg oxycodone every 5-6 hours, plus 400mg ibuprofen. Kept me reasonably comfortable but it was painful. Could not sleep that night, never slept on my back before. Could kind of lay partly on my side but seemed to put pressure on my shoulder.
Surgeon came to see me- he let me know the repair went well, put a couple of anchors in and tightened the shoulder capsule. Saw the PT, got me out of the sling, moving my hand, wrist, elbow, shrugging my shoulder, letting my arm hang and swing around a little. Was painful and very stiff. Will be doing these exercises 3x day. Went home. Showering was a pain in the ass.
Pain was worse that day. Only allowed 5mg doses of oxycodone 3x day, plus 400mg ibuprofen 3x day. Sling was getting uncomfortable. Slept better, very exhausted.
PT exercises actually feel pretty good but very little movement. Slept well last night but still feel exhausted. Went for a very slow walk around the block, bumps cause pain. Didn't take any oxycodone this morning but might need to later, def. before bed.
Stitches will come out in two weeks. Was surprised that I only had 5 stitches; three small incisions. Will see the surgeon the same day.
Probably in the sling for six weeks; not allowed any external rotation beyond the line of my body during that time. No raising to shoulder level until the 12 week mark. Surgeon mentioned no contact sports until 12 months (!!) but not sure what the definition of "contact" is.
At this stage I'm off work and school for 3 weeks. My job doesn't involve physical work.
Will update depending on interest, if/when anything happens.
Feel free to ask questions, I've got plenty of time on my hands.
Also share your experiences with similar surgery if you like..
This post has been edited by Zac the Bruce: 03 September 2011 - 01:30 AM