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Slap lesions and surgeons and bollocks

shortman
29/05/2012
3:25:49 PM
On 29/05/2012 Wendy wrote:
>Hey StuE - my slap lesion is bigger than yours, nerneenerneener ... oh
>bugger, that's not really something to be excited about. I'm looking at
>5 anchors. 6 weeks in sling. 6 months off climbing. 4 off swimming. 3
>not even running. Exercise bike it is for me. That, or mouching around
>on the couch eating chocolate and feeling sorry for myself.
>
>So Richard Dallalana turns out to seem really good. A surgeon with interpersonal
>skills even! Spent 45 minutes checking out my shoulder, the mri, explaining
>what's going on, answering questions. Discussed not doing anything vs
>doing the surgery. He's worked on climbers and circus performers a bit
>and seemed to understand how important it was I get back to good strength
>and range of movement. And he has a cancellation for 2 weeks time. So
>I'm tempted to just stick with him and get the bloody thing done.
>
>Which leads me to my next question - private hospitals. I don't know
>anything about private hospitals! Anyone had surgery at Vimy House, Mercy
>Private or Carabini? It's normally done as an overnight stay, but is a
>bit cheaper if I have it done as day surgery. Would any who's had it done
>suggest day surgery would be ok?

I've had surgery at cabrini and vimy. Both a bit of a muchness. Cabrini has closer cafes.
Wendy
29/05/2012
3:27:28 PM
On 29/05/2012 shortman wrote:

>
>I've had surgery at cabrini and vimy. Both a bit of a muchness. Cabrini
>has closer cafes.

That'll be important to Douglas, anyway ....

shortman
29/05/2012
3:29:45 PM
On 29/05/2012 Wendy wrote:
>On 29/05/2012 shortman wrote:
>
>>
>>I've had surgery at cabrini and vimy. Both a bit of a muchness. Cabrini
>>has closer cafes.
>
>That'll be important to Douglas, anyway ....

I don't live too far away if Doug needs a room for a few nights??
Wendy
29/05/2012
3:34:17 PM
thanks muchly Dan, i'll let you know what i end up doing.
StuE
29/05/2012
3:57:51 PM
Day is very unlikely (esp if you getting open). Plan for 1 night. You get pretty funked up with all anaesthetic and the nerve block - They need a bit of time to get your pain medication sorted for when the block wears off.
Wendy
29/05/2012
4:14:59 PM
He does it arthroscopically - less risk of infection, less scar tissue, which is apparantly what most of the loss of rom is from. Still, overnight it probably is. I can only get it done on the 12th if it's overnight anyway because it's an afternoon list.

Whilst you were stuck in the sling - could you use that arm at all? hold anything, write or type? Ta.

Superstu
29/05/2012
4:27:54 PM
I had arthroscopy on R shoulder about 10 years ago, cleaning up scar tissue and tightening a hypermobile shoulder joint.

Was unable to type for 1-2 weeks. I went back to work straight away and typed with the left hand. The boss threatened to dock my pay by half as he claimed I was working at half the speed.


ajfclark
29/05/2012
4:32:56 PM
On 29/05/2012 Wendy wrote:
>Mercy Private

I had both my surgeries there (thankfully both fairly minor). Can't say much about it beyond it being a hospital and the drugs they give you working really well. I think both were overnight but both are very blurry experiences.

Doug
29/05/2012
5:42:58 PM
On 29/05/2012 Wendy wrote:
I don't know
>anything about private hospitals! Anyone had surgery at Vimy House, Mercy
>Private or Carabini? It's normally done as an overnight stay, but is a
>bit cheaper if I have it done as day surgery. Would any who's had it done
>suggest day surgery would be ok?

After rotator cuff surgery on both shoulders, I'd say spend the extra for the overnight. I was in overnight with both of them and very pleased that it was so.

Good luck, Wendy and do what your doctor and physio tell you as far as rehab goes. It seems that the latest research with shoulder surgery indicates that they a bit more of a conservative approach gives better outcomes.

Cheers
Doug
StuE
29/05/2012
7:25:46 PM
I had arthro too. You definitely want that first night in hospital as its pretty rough. You can use your hand fine to hold things (nothing over 2kg iirc) but I found that was about it as anything requiring and dexterity, like cutting up food etc was difficult. I had 2 weeks off work (i'm a desk jockey) and when I got back I could type but very slowly and not very well. Just be glad you're getting it done in winter and won't have the horrors of the rank sweaty armpit from and arm that not getting raised!
Wendy
29/05/2012
7:45:41 PM
i hadn't thought of that ... I was too busy moping about everything else about having a useless arm for months and months ... that image went not so well with my dinner!

I'm supposed to sit 2 exams before the end of the month, but they are multiple choice, so i figure I can just fill in the boxes with my left hand. I'll be off work for pretty much all of that time too, there's nothing I do that wouldn't need a functioning arm. Still, I'm thinking it's better to be over and done with.
StuE
29/05/2012
8:12:19 PM
Sorry about that! The sling bit does suck the most - hopefully you'll be allowed to straighten your arm occassionally - i wasn't and my elbow atrophied badly from being bent the whole time and i got bursitis too which was quite annoying. Once you've made the decision it best just to get it over with. At least from then on you know you're making steps towards recovery rather than being stuck in injury limbo. Make sure they give you something at least Tramadol strong and don't try and fob you off with panadeine. Its a pretty painful experience and there's no point in suffering - esp if you're paying for it.
tor.lattimore
29/05/2012
9:38:43 PM
Hi Wendy

I had arthroscopic labrum repair three weeks ago. I didn't have a SLAP tear though, so your experience might be slightly different.

I would have been happy to leave on the day pain wise, but was there for two nights in the end so I could take antibiotics intravenously to reduce infection risk. I'm still only typing one hand and some basic things are a massive pain, like opening jars. Sleeping was the worst part for a couple of weeks. I highly suggest a comfy reclining chair. A shirt that's cut down the side with velcro can be put on under the sling without really moving shoulder or sling.

They gave me Endone and Panadeine as pain kllers, but I only ended up using the latter. When you come out of surgery you'll probably have a tiny catheter for morphine as well. It'll be removed (painlessly) when you leave hospital, which might be another reason to stay a bit longer.

The sling is nowhere near as uncomfortable as I expected.

Best of luck!

Edit: My doctor quoted me 3 months running, 6 months swimming and 9 months climbing.
kieranl
29/05/2012
9:43:59 PM
They'll probably give you a shoulder block to completely kill the pain for the first day. This doesn't always work, but if it does you must be careful not to do too much or you'll pay for it when the block wears off. If it works, take it as a blessing and enjoy reclining while someone feeds you grapes. Your shoulder will remember everything you do while the block is working and pay you back later, so don't do it!.
JDB
30/05/2012
2:30:54 PM
Hi Wendy,

I had a hamstring tendon sowed back on at Vimy house.
The weekly staff (I was done on Friday) were great, but when the weekend staff (agency?) came on I could have died and it wouldn't have been noticed until Monday.
I practically discharged myself and asked if it wasn't too much trouble for some crutches.
Good luck with it all, Cheers JDB
p.s Do you get the impression that climbing is hard on the shoulders by the number of post surgery posters?

Superstu
30/05/2012
3:04:03 PM
Might be something to do with coming down from the trees a millennia ago and evolving into terrestrial mammals that walk around and do things on the ground instead.

I conclude therefore, if you're thinking about having children and want them to be the next generation Ashima, Sharma or Katie Brown, I suggest mating with a chimpanzee.




wombly
30/05/2012
4:39:33 PM
Or with Sharma or Katie Brown?

Eduardo Slabofvic
30/05/2012
5:12:07 PM
Wendy,

I've got a big padded arm sling you can have if you want. It's pretty comfy and can come apart which is pretty handy when putting it on and off yourself for showers etc.

I've washed all the blood and gore off it, so it's ready to go if you want it.
Wendy
30/05/2012
5:28:55 PM
Hey thanks. I seem to remember there was a fair bit of gore to go around as well. I still can't quite get my head around being stuck in a sling for 6 weeks.

shortman
14/06/2012
1:13:32 PM
So.....how is it Wendy??

At least you can still type.

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