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Old 04-03-2009, 05:44 AM   #1
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rotator cuff and decompression-what can I expect?

Having above surgery April 30. I live alone. Will I be able to dress myself--any hints as to how to do bra? How long before I am allowed to drive. It is a full tear of the rotator cuff with some atropy?

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Old 04-05-2009, 02:57 PM   #2
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Re: rotator cuff and decompression-what can I expect?

I do understand what you are going through. I hurt my arm in early March. Had an Xray, and went for MRI but could not lay there 50 minutes with my right arm at my side. Have not done anything further. Am still thinking!!! My arm seems to be getting a little better. I also live alone and have learned other ways to get dressed. Not the easist thing I have even done. One thing I would like to know, can you raise your arm above your head? I can, but my brother-in-law who had the surgery several years ago could not.

Good luck

Old 11-28-2009, 05:39 AM   #3
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Re: rotator cuff and decompression-what can I expect?

I had 3 full opening rotator cuff surgeries. Rotator cuff repairs are prone to retear if the original tear was large or massive. To make a long story short, I ended up with a revision rotator cuff surgery with latissimus dorsi transfer and suprascapular nerve neuropathy. I have lost ALL external rotation and live in constant pain. Be careful!!! and Good Luck!

Old 01-08-2010, 03:50 PM   #4
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Re: rotator cuff and decompression-what can I expect?

I had the subacromial decompression with full opening rotator cuff repair with a latissimus transfer for salvage of the rotator cuff. The nerve decompression did not work because the nerve had been damaged. My shoulder are looked like something from a horror movie. I had 50 staples to close the three incisions. It was a lot of surgery for one day. It will hurt and haunt me for the rest of my life. I wish you a pain free New Year!!!

Old 01-08-2010, 05:40 PM   #5
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Re: rotator cuff and decompression-what can I expect?

my boyfriend just had shoulder surgery1 week ago, take it from me you need to have someone there with you at least for the next 3-4 weeks and forget about putting on a bra.

Old 01-09-2010, 08:49 AM   #6
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Re: rotator cuff and decompression-what can I expect?

I had surger done three weeks ago - beforehand I bought some bras that attach at the front - no problem with them - even at the beginning.

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