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Shoulder Replacement - Both of them :(

LyndaLLynda Posts: 1
edited 05/11/2015 - 5:01 AM in Arthritis, Osteoarthritis
Anyone on this site that has had shoulder replacement or upcoming replacement?
My first surgery is June 3rd - can't find a forum dedicated to shoulders so hoping can find someone who's gone through this on this site. Would like to know what to expect and when I can get back to bowling, tennis, horseshoes, Frisbee golf, etc.

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I had both of my shoulders totally replaced with titanium ball/socket and stems in 2010. The surgeries were 7 months apart.

I had to have the surgery after dealing with osteoarthritis in the shoulders and countless number of steroid injections.

I have to say, now after having lumbar, cervical, hip joint and Achilles tendon replacement, the shoulder surgery was the hardest by far.

You never realize how much you depend on your shoulders until you can not use one. You are dependent on someone for everything.

The recovery and PT is brutal. 6 months of shoulder manipulation to establish some range of motion. It was the most painful therapy I ever had.
It took each shoulder about 18 months to get back to where I was before. But the good news, was because I was so good about the PT and Range of Motion exercises, my shoulders are better today than they were 20 years ago.

Ron DiLauro, Spine-Health System Modereator


  • ADRJenAADRJen Posts: 211
    edited 05/15/2015 - 12:53 AM
    I had my left shoulder replaced 4 months ago. I have almost full range of motion now. I am retired but I do volunteer work at a Thrift Store as a cashier. I was able to go back after 2 months or so. Make sure you use a shoulder specialist. Mine only does shoulders and did a great job. PT is critical and painful. BTW, there are a couple of shoulder forums. I don't think I can post the names of them but you should be able to google them by typing "shoulder surgery forum". Good luck!
    Artificial disc at L5S1 for 10 years. Had 3 Level lumbar fusion and Laminectomy on Sept 27, 2013. It was an OLIF (Oblique Lumbar Interbody Fusion) with cages, BMP, rods & screws. Norco, Plaquenil
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