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Old 08-07-2011, 08:43 AM   #1
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Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

Good morning, I have a bone spur in my left shoulder that has caused me problems for almost two years. The pain has gotten progressively worse, I've been through PT twice and had several cortisone injections. I've also had symptoms similar to a rotator cuff injury although the MRI didn't show anything. I'm scheduled for arthroscopic surgery Wednesday and am just wondering if anyone else has had something similar and can let me know what to expect? How long will I be in a sling, how bad was the pain and about how long did you experience it? I realize that every patient is different and I am pretty tolerant of pain, but I'm just curious about what to expect. I live alone so am a little worried about that as well. I would really appreciate any suggestions or words of wisdome! Thank you,

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Old 08-07-2011, 02:47 PM   #2
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

Where is the bone spur?

 
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Old 08-07-2011, 03:23 PM   #3
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i believe it is where the acromion and clavicle meet. on the MRI the area looked to be about the size of a dime.

 
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

As you descibe it there is every reasom to think a spur in that area would cause grief. You will find out soon. The surjeon may well find another imperfection and deal with it at the same time. Hope it helps.
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

I had arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery on my shoulder in 2008 for a shoulder impingement. Basically, they went in and shaved down the bone spur and surrounding bone and cleaned up the other debris in the shoulder. My shoulder had gotten gradually worse despite PT and cortizone shots. I was in constant pain, had lost a lot of ROM and developed bursitis and tendonitis because of the irritation and swelling.

If your surgery is anything like mine, you will begin PT within a couple days. I wore the sling for just a couple days during the day and a bit longer at night so I wouldn't hurt myself moving around too much.

Honestly, I was in so much pain prior to surgery that after the first couple days I was feeling much much better. I was actually back to work in about a week.

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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

Thanks James, yes it does help. The doctor mentioned that he was going in for the bone spur, but that there was the possibility he might find something else. I guess that is where the fear is. I'll find out soon enough!

 
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This is very helpful MountainReader! Your symptoms mimic mine exactly so I am now hopeful that I will have a quick recovery. I already have my first PT visit scheduled for Friday and although I can't stand PT, I know it helps with ROM. Thank you so much!

 
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good luck!

 
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Did you have any scars?

 
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I had arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery on my shoulder in 2008 for a shoulder impingement. Basically, they went in and shaved down the bone spur and surrounding bone and cleaned up the other debris in the shoulder. My shoulder had gotten gradually worse despite PT and cortizone shots. I was in constant pain, had lost a lot of ROM and developed bursitis and tendonitis because of the irritation and swelling.

If your surgery is anything like mine, you will begin PT within a couple days. I wore the sling for just a couple days during the day and a bit longer at night so I wouldn't hurt myself moving around too much.

Honestly, I was in so much pain prior to surgery that after the first couple days I was feeling much much better. I was actually back to work in about a week.

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Did you have scars?
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

A couple very tiny scars, less than 1/4 inch. One of them I have to really look hard for. The other is the larger of the two, but still very small. I really don't notice it unless I'm looking for it and it is on the front side of my shoulder.

With arthroscopic surgery, they just make a keyhole incision. There is much less scaring and because it is less invasive healing is much better.

This was my first surgery and I'm still pleased with the results all around.

I had wrist surgery last month and now have about a 4 inch incision on the side of my arm. I'll take the keyholes anytime over that.

I hope you find some relief soon. I know how painful and frustrating things can get. My first PT experience wasn't great. I found out later that it was really the PT and not just me. I've since had 2 PT's who have been much better working with my shoulder.
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

Hi MountainReader. I was just wondering how long you went through PT and Cortisone shots before they did the Decompression Surgery? I believe I'm having the same issues and it's been about 3 months. I'm highly frustrated with everything. Sorry to interrupt. :-)

 
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

I didn't injur my shoulder when I started having problems. I first went to my PCP who prescribed rest, ice and anti-inflammatories. That didn't work. I went back and she sent me to PT. It was the PT who first diagnosed my shoulder impingement/bursitis/tendonitis. I only had 3 visits with the PT. He flat out asked me what I wanted from him. I told him I wanted to re-gain my ROM and decrease the pain. He didn't seem to care so I ended up doing my PT exercises on my own for about 3 months before self-referred to a top shoulder specialist who had previously worked on my dad. Based upon my x-ray and MRI, and the fact that I'd tried everything listed above, he gave me the cortizone shot which was also diagnostic. It worked, but wore off at about 5 or 6 weeks. By that point, I couldn't get my hand behind my back at all and was in pain. Surgery was the next logical step.

BTW, I found a great PT after surgery who did wonders helping me heal. I also found a good massage therapist who helped work those muscles that get so tight and spasm.
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Re: Shoulder Surgery for Bone Spur

Thanks for the reply. I didn't injure mine either. Started having pain mid December ignored it until beginning of January when it got so bad it hurt to even life my cup. Stopped working because I figured that wasn't helping (nail technician). Went to my PCP and she had me go to PT and gave me anti inflammatory meds. Also had me go and get X-Rays and MRI. MRI said it was a partial surface bursal tear and I have a type 2 acromion. I went to PT for 4 weeks and it was getting worse with it. PT and PCP told me I should go to Ortho. Before I went to the Ortho my PCP gave me a cortisone injection (didn't work). I went and I didn't even get to see a Dr. I saw the PA who wouldn't even listen to me. She told me it was Bicep Tendinitis and gave me another injection, this time in the front. I didn't like this woman at all. She wasn't at all compassionate and I didn't feel she knew what she was talking about. She also burned me with the freeze numbing spray! I gave that injection time to work. It actually took the tenderness to touch pain away, but not any other pain. I called a different surgeon for a second opinion and I saw them today. They're saying it's Bursitis or possibly a nerve thing. He was not happy that the PA gave me the injection in the front and the fact that I never saw an actual DR there. He's having me go back to PT for another 4 weeks and to see him back in 6 weeks. Sorry about the long post.. I think it's mostly me venting. Lol! This whole process has been so frustrating. It hurts to do anything. I just stay home all the time. My poor husband has had to take care of everything. My 3 kids ask me almost everyday when I'm going to get better. It's seriously depressing.

 
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Wow! I am going through the same thing. If I am not better in 6 weeks, I will have to get surgery to "clean" out inflammation and file down bone.

 
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