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Old 08-09-2012, 04:45 AM   #1
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LDTT Surgery coming up

In a month, I'm having the lat. transfer surgery. Does anyone have any experience with this that they could share?
How long will the surgery last? How big an incision? Recovery experiences?
Just to be clear, LDTT is the Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Transfer where the lat muscle is cut and draped over the shoulder to replace the two torn tendons.
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Re: LDTT Surgery coming up

I think this is not done very often. May I ask what happened? Previous surgery? Your general situation? Only curious because I did discuss it with my surgeon before I had a TSR and he said he would not do a tendon transfer if the cuff was irreparable. He planned a reverse, but I ended up with the TSR as the cuff was intact (barely). They couldn't tell before surgery since I had a hemi-arthroplasty which made the imaging tests almost unreadable. I may have read somewhere it is best suited for males - maybe because of their stronger shoulders in general? I don't know, but good luck!

 
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Old 08-12-2012, 02:22 PM   #3
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Re: LDTT Surgery coming up

I have complete tears of both the supraspinatus and the infraspinatus. (I slipped on the the kitchen floor. I'm a klutz...)
Here in Ontario, there are long waiting lists for surgery, for both shoulders and knees. Less so for hips.
Because I have a massive tear, my surgeon put me onto a study that is being conducted through five of our major hospitals. The study is looking at outcomes, a comparison between this surgery and arthroscopic. By agreeing to participate I gave up the choice of surgery. A computer randomly assigned it.
However, it's being done by the chief of orthopedic surgery who is a specialist I this procedure.


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But I haven't been able to connect with anyone who has had it.
My physiotherapist gave me his post-op protocol, but feels that the surgeon will have his own.
I was just hoping to get a first hand account.

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Re: LDTT Surgery coming up

Interesting. I had a complete tear of supra- and part of infra spinatus but had the regular arthroscopic repair. Amazingly enough, it has held up through 4 more surgeries, including a hemiarthroplasty (failed after 2 months) and the TSR. It was traumatic (collision with a horse, and guess who loses that one). I would think your surgeon would give you all that info. If he hasn't, ASK! I'd say that's what we pay them for, but then you are in Canada.

 
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:24 AM   #5
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Re: LDTT Surgery coming up

I thought I'd wait until my pre-op and if my questions aren't answered, then I'd call the surgeon who is running the study.
I think you've answered my question about how common the surgery is. I was hoping there'd be at least someone with first hand knowledge.
But I will contribute some info after. My surgery's not scheduled until Sept 6. Hope it doesn't get delayed again.

 
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