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Old 12-27-2010, 01:37 PM   #1
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Slap Surgery Chronicles

Well tomorrow I go in to get it done. I thought I would start this thread to log my experience so someone can find it easily can find it easily. I am nervous.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:25 PM   #2
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Re: Slap Surgery Chronicles

I wish you the best on your surgery Darla, and am sure you will come back stronger and better for it.
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Old 12-27-2010, 02:56 PM   #3
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I wish you the best on your surgery Darla, and am sure you will come back stronger and better for it.
Thanks . I hope so . I know a lot of people have questions regarding the procedure and recovery so I hope I can help them here.
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Old 12-27-2010, 03:03 PM   #4
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Good luck tomorrow!!
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Old 12-27-2010, 07:32 PM   #5
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Good luck Darla. Hope it goes as smoothly as mine did, and that it fixes whatever is giving you trouble.. Worst part for me now is the waiting... waiting.... waiting!

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Old 12-28-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Re: Slap Surgery Chronicles

I'm < 2 weeks post op and really surprised at how well it's going. Obviously no therapy yet (did my first workout today...spin class...no impact...yeah ).

Being fit (compared to general population) I believe is helping the recovery. There is very little/no pain-discomfort at all during the day (with & without sling). Night time sleeping tends to cause problems for me after a few hours. I haven't taken any NSAIDS (ortho used PRP so can't anyway) nor natural anti-inflams (MSM, curamin, etc). I am able to take fish oil & vita D3. None of that nasty narcotics after the 1st night. Apparently I can take tylenol but haven't.

My recs:
1. sleep in a recliner or upright first few nights, will help with discomfort
2. lose the narcotics ASAP, they make you feel ookey
3. follow Steven Low's advice eat/move/improve, specifically diet (fish oil, limit bad carbs)
4. enjoy the down time. My other ailments (poor knees, sometimes sore back) feel GREAT after just a few days of rest. I will seriously try and incorporate some down time from now on.
5. Wash your armpits nice and good....maintaining the sling position can cause stinky

I'm sure you'll be fine.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:30 AM   #7
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Thanks to all and for the advice. I'm out of surgery now for about 3 hours. Groggy as heck but slowly regaining lucidity. They did the nerve block and my arm feels like it's asleep. Probably a very good thing.

Good news too. It wasn't as bad as he thought. He cleaned up the bicep tendon and shaved the labrum a bit ....in the rear! We didn't see that coming. He said there was a crap load of inflammation which he also dealt with. I forget how he said he did it as I was still seeing pink elephants at the time. They gave me a Polar Care 300 ice machine to take home ( didn't even have to ask for it ) to keep it iced and compressed at intervals. Doc said my recovery time should be 6 weeks instead of 6 months! No sutures..I feel lucky.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:38 AM   #8
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Nice work on the ice machine. I had a Game Ready Ice Circulator after my slap surgery. It was AWESOME!
Good luck. Mine was 2 years ago. I am good as new. No problems.
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Old 12-28-2010, 11:57 AM   #9
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good luck with all that.....stay mobile!
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Old 12-28-2010, 06:16 PM   #10
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They did the nerve block and my arm feels like it's asleep. Probably a very good thing.
Hi Darla,
I would suggest using the "good stuff" as you go to sleep tonight. My nerve block wore off in the middle of the night and if I hadn't taken percocet it would have *hurt*. I stopped the percocet the next day, but you want all the good sleep you can get.

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