I had a bit of a set-back right after I wrote my post of 1/3. I had gone for my post-op appointment on 12/29. At that time I had an xray taken. The PA noticed that there was an anchor that was in a wierd place. She told me that she was present in the OR,and didn't remember the surgeon putting the anchor in that spot.
She told me that she would show the xray to the surgeon, and would call me if there was a problem. She also told me that I wouldn't begin PT until after my next post-op appt., since they had done very extensive work, and wanted me to heal more. I was told to continue doing the passive exercises that I began on day one.
On 1/4 the PA called and told me that the surgeon wanted me to come in that day. The surgeon told me that an anchor had come loose, and that I had to go back to have it removed, and that he would try to find another place to anchor.
(I have significant bone loss, and he had to find an area of stronger bone.) I had my second surgery the next day, which was 1/5. The surgeon was able to place a larger, hence stronger anchor in another area.
Obviously, the second surgery caused a bit of a set-back, but the first surgery had involved a great deal of bone scraping, sawing and smoothing. I feel like the set-back was only about a week. I will see the surgeon this coming Friday. I hope everything is progressing as it should so that I can start the next phase. One advantage I have is that the surgeon did manipulation of my arm/shoulder while I was under general anesthesia, so many of the normal adhesions have been worked out.
So, that's the long way of saying that I still don't know how painful PT will be for me. As of right now, my pendulums are much less uncomfortable, as are the other four exercises they have me doing.
Also, come to find out, the surgeon doesn't recommend taking ibuprofen post-op, because it slows down the healing process (who knew?!?)
So, it was back to Tylenol, which isn't as effective, but still helps.
Thank you for checking in with me.