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Its Final, I have my date

dilaurodilauro ConnecticutPosts: 9,875
edited 06/11/2012 - 8:42 AM in Chronic Pain
Today, I went for another visit to a shoulder specialist in NYC. Over the past year, the arthritis in my shoulders advanced and started to deteriorate the ball/socket and fray tendons.
The past several weeks has been a very painful time for me

I am now so happy that I have a date for the first of my total shoulder replacements. Surgery is scheduled for April 8th. This will be a long haul, the recovery period for this operator is very long. The doctor told me that it would take at least a year before my shoulder will be the best it can be.

Someone in between April 8th and the following year, I will then go into surgery for the other total shoulder replacement.

Because I have had several complications in previous surgeries and having chronic pain for over 30 years, this surgery will be a bit more involved and complicated

I have total confidence in this doctor, so as he even said to me today, he has the easier job. Once my recovery periods starts, it will be up to me as to how much of my shoulder motions can be restored.

During the time I will not be able to login and respond to any posts or messages, the Spine-Health Owners and I determined that:

Jeauxbert and tamtam will assume joint administrator authority I am asking all of you to treat both of them with respect as you have towards me

Now, its my turn to start on the positive train going into surgery and making it the best recovery I can.

Ron DiLauro Spine-Health System Administrator
I am not a medical professional. I comment on personal experiences
You can email me at: rdilauro@veritashealth.com


  • Ron, I'm glad you've got your surgery date. You've set your course and will do well, I have a feeling, and hopefully on the other side of this ordeal you'll find yourself in less overall pain and that will make it all worth it. :)

    I am going in for a total knee replacement the day after you (April 9) and will have a long recovery, myself. Am hoping that getting my knee fixed will help my back problems. But, unlike you, because I'll be layed up for several weeks I'll probably be on here more than usual. ;)

    2009 Foraminotomy C6-72010 PLIF L4-S1Multi RFA's, cervical inj, lumbar injLaminectomy L3-4 and fusion w/internal fixation T10-L4 July 17Fusion C2-C5 yet to be scheduled
  • with the surgery Ron, i'm sure you will do well with the positive attitude you possess.
  • j.howiejj.howie Brentwood, Ca., USAPosts: 1,732
    What can I say, that you don't already know! you've had over 30 yrs. to figure it out!
    All I can really say is, GO RON! And good luck on the surgery and recovery. And we will miss you!
    Good luck, Jim
    Click my name to see my Medical history
    You get what you get, not what you deserve......I stole that from Susan (rip)
    Today is yours to embrace........ for tomorrow, who knows what might be starring you in the face!
  • That's excellent news that your surgery was moved up! Great idea with Jeaux and tamtam!

  • My mother was one of the first in the Boston area to have a shoulder replaced, of course many years ago. She did well back then. I am sure you will do well also. Wonderful choices for your fill-ins while you recover.

  • I hope it all goes well for you Ron.
    Sounds like it will be a long recovery process, but what other option was there?
    How is the other shoulder?
  • LizLiz Posts: 7,832
    Hi Ron
    Wishing you all the best for your surgery, and hope your recovery is a speedy one.
    You will be missed
    Take care

    Liz, Spine-health Moderator

    Spinal stenosis since 1995
    Lumber decompression surgery S1 L5-L3[1996]
    Cervical stenosis, so far avoided surgery
  • sunny1966ssunny1966 VIRGINIAPosts: 1,385
    Your attitude is great Ron. You're an inspiration to all of us here. I appreciate your concern for and dedication to all of us. I'm sure Jeaux and tamtam will keep things running smoothly while you're recovering. Please just focus on getting well soon. Take care friend.
  • I'm so glad you got your surgery moved up. It's so hard to wait so now it's just a few weeks instead of over a month.

    I know you'll do well - like Jim said, you've had 30 years of practice. I'm sorry you have to go through this, but you have to do what you have to do.

    We'll all be with you in spirit. I do hope that you can have wifey or someone update us and let us know you got throught the surgery and keep us updated on your recovery. Or maybe just a quick note with just your left hand.

    You've made a wise choice with Jeaux and Tamtam as admins and I'm sure they'll keep the site running smoothly.

    We'll miss you and I'm wishing you a speedy recovery.
  • I hope all goes well with your surgery and recovery. Time to look out for yourself now and be pain free finally. You deserve it. Take care and will remember you in prayer for your healing. Charry
    DDD of lumbar spine with sciatica to left hip,leg and foot. L4-L5 posterior disc bulge with prominent facets, L5-S1 prominent facets with a posterior osteocartilaginous bar. Mild bilateral foraminal narrowing c-spine c4-c7 RN
  • This is great news! Good luck to you. I wish you a great recovery, although I know it will be hard. We will keep you in our thoughts as you go through down your road to recovery. Wishing you the best!!! And your positive attitude is an inspiration to me as well :)
  • Great news.As you know you will have all are prayers.
    So take it easy and be good.
    Also you know we will respect Jeauxbert and Tamtam

  • Glad to hear you got the surgery moved up. I know how good that can feel as I got my partial shoulder replacement moved up almost 2 weeks due to someone canceling! It saves some on the angst...

    Ask your doctor for the icebucket and shoulder pad that pumps the ice water through the pad. if it is appropriate in your case, you will be very, very glad you have it! I think they had me use mine 24/7 for about 10 days. I had col, but that thing was a blessing!

    The healing time is about right too, sometimes a bit longer than a year even. Better have a gardener lined up ! I had two teenage sons.

    Hope all goes well.
  • Good news that this is going to take place sooner then you thought :)

    I understand you not being able to type and surf and such. Have you heard of Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 ?

    You talk and it types what your saying. I bought mine from Staples.com

    You will be missed. I will keep you in my thoughts/prayers >:D<
    L1 - S2 "gone" useless in 1 way or another. DDD. RA. Bone Spurs. Tons of nerve damage/issues. Stenosis. Both knees replaced. 50 yrs old. I had a great fall (hence my user name) at age 41 and it has been a domino effect every since.
  • You are, and will be in my thoughts. Here's to a smooth recovery!!
    APROUD CANADIANveteranButNOTa doctor, my thoughts are my own
  • Ron,

    Big support *HUGZ* for ya! It sounds like you might finally be on the road to heal! Positive energy your way!!! :-)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Good luck Ron,I know you'll do great.
  • Dear Ron,

    I am glad you have the first surgery scheduled and you know I'll be praying for the very best outcome after your first surgery and the following surgery.

    It's a long recovery you are facing my friend, but I know you will do very well. You will need to hold tight to patience.... and I mean vice-grip tight. It's a gradual process with many back-and-forth therapy tools you need to utilize, both physically and mentally. You have been dealing with chronic pain for so many years and you have developed very good coping skills along the way. There will probably be some new sets of coping skills you will develop during your recovery times and these will be awesome to share with others, when the time is right.

    There are many positive stories about shoulder replacements and you need to keep those stories close to your heart and within arms reach to read. Those positives really boost your spirits when you start to near Frustration Road.

    I don't know if my story of finding patience when I had none left, will help you at all... but, I'll be a phone call away if times should ever become a little rough for you. You have helped me so very much through my times of confusion, despair, worry and feeling as if I were going to have a mental break-down. I would love to return the favor.

    I am still in recovery with my thoracic spine... have about 9 more months left until my surgeon reviews everything with me. I have a strong feeling that my thoracic spine "is what it is" at this point, and I'm fine with that. I have a lot of walking to do, to get my core muscles built back up and I'm no longer in a hurry. I'm thankful I can walk, talk and chew gum at the same time again. ;)

    You will be missed and thought of daily. Jeaux and TamTam are great... they will make you proud, as will the other authority team members. They are a great group of people.

    Wishing you the best, always...

    Tammy :)
  • Good luck with your surgery, Ron. I hope it all goes smoothly and is a great success.
  • Good Luck with your surgery Ron, I hope you have a good recovery. Backs, Necks, Shoulders, Hips, Knees and seem like the surgeries that can take a while to heal from. ;)
  • Good luck Ron! I hope this does what you are expecting. I agree also, work on your positive attitude. Get focused on this surgery and recovery, not SH. You've done more than your share here. Someone else can drive for a while.
  • happy for you. I hope that al goes well for you. I hope all goes well for a quick and excellent recovery. Waiting can be a real bear but now it's all about recovering. You know that you have a lot of heard prayers here for you. Good Luck to you Ron and those that will be by your side
  • good luck ron
    remember the surgery can be beneficial but at our age we have to watch out for side effects of surgery. i know they are minimal but good luck and we will all miss you with your straight shooting style and your observant posts. let us know how you are doing. i hope it helps and it will give you a more pain free life.
    good luck
    I have 4 fusions from L5-3, the latest last May '12 where they fixed my disc that broke.They went through my side this time. I take 40 mg of oxycontin 4x a day and 4 fenatyl lollipops 300 micro gms 4x a day.
  • I have been wondering where you were, as I haven't seen you post much lately!
    I AM SOOOOOOOOOO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We'll be here for you, as you were for all us!!!!!
  • Best of luck. It will be a loooong recovery but well worth it.
    Cheers :H
    Patsy W
  • Good Luck and I will be thinking of you and hoping everything goes well for you. >:D<
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