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    Old 06-02-2018, 07:37 AM   #1
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    Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    My shoulder...
    When I was 19 or 20 I dislocated my shoulder and regretfully, I let a non health-care professional attempt to relocate it. Needless to say, it didnít work out.
    I suffered from 2 years of chronic dislocations and pain.
    I had the shoulder operated on, with removal of ligaments and other tissue, as well as anchored into place.
    10 years later I had the shoulder operated on a second time, because of excessive pain and limited ROM.
    Fast forward another 2 years and I suffer from pretty severe pain 90% of the time, with poor strength and ROM.

    A bit about me...
    Iím 33 year old construction plumber. Other than the shoulder Iím a relatively healthy man.
    Iíve tried all the medications and physios etc. Nothing helps, it only gets worse.

    My question is this..
    At 33 would I be ďtoo youngĒ for a shoulder replacement surgery? From what I understand the replacement only last for so long before needing another, with each subsequent replacement lasting significantly less time.
    Ultimately, this would put me into my 50s or 60s with no more surgical options.

    Could someone please offer some feedback?

    Thanks.

     
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    Old 06-02-2018, 09:08 AM   #2
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    Re: Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    That is a hard decision, Willy. Esp at your age. I suggest that you work into going up in your career toward a supervisory position where you don't need to do so much hard labor. Take classes and so on. I have been physically crippled since age 17, and I wish I had done that. We all age even if we don't get physically impaired and it really helps to realistically prepare for changes.

    That said, you have quite a decision to make, because you unlike most of us, know your activity will be impaired at some point. You can still have a great life. My brother had bad shoulder issues and he was told to wait for replacement as long as he possible could. He had some ligament work done and is in his mid 70's now so he did have the replacement but he is glad he waited so long because it was a much harder recovery and experience that he had imagined, and his new shoulder is limited. I hope this helps you some.
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    Old 06-02-2018, 09:56 AM   #3
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    Re: Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    Thanks for your feedback. I was advised to hold off on the replacement until much later In life. My rationale is if Iím going to experience pain Iíd prefer it to be when Iím older and retired and less active. Iíd sooner be pain free and enjoy my working/middle aged years.

     
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    Old 06-02-2018, 10:25 AM   #4
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    Re: Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    You're very welcome, Willy.

    I agree, wait till you literally need to have to have a replacement. My brother even was not sure he should have gone ahead with it when he did. We always hope we can get back good as new.

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    Old 03-19-2019, 04:55 AM   #5
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    Re: Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    Willy7554, Im a retired railroad conductor with 30 years as a conductor. ( 65 years old )
    I had both knees replaced in 2013 & 2015. Then in 2017 started to get arthritis in both shoulders, so this past November I had total shoulder replacement, then two weeks after I had numerous blood clots in my right leg, same side as the shoulder replacement surgery. Stayed in the hospital 3 days having a vascular surgery on my leg with a stint & filter, now on blood thinners and quartely test from vascular sergon. The surgery was a little more painful than knee replacement but stayed with 18 weeks of pt and now starting to get back into action, however there is still twitching soreness at times and I have to be cautious on what I pick up at times.
    The pain is tremendous less after the surgery, but my only problem is I’m gonna have to have the left shoulder done somewhere in the future. The pain without surgery is bad cause I cannot take antiflammitory meds, only use the voltarin Jel for the pain & cortisone shots.
    It’s wough getting old.

     
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    Re: Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    I had a total shoulder joint replacement in July 2018. I was 57 years old at the time. When I realized that I would be dealing with shoulder replacement surgery, I did a bunch of research and found a common theme. On average, 80% of the shoulder replacements will last 20 years and 90% will last at least 10 years.

    I have had a full recovery from my surgery and have full range of motion without pain. It certainly does not hurt to get a second opinion and see what get be done to buy you some time before dealing with joint replacement surgery. I wish you well.

     
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    Old 03-27-2020, 06:26 PM   #7
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    Re: Would like feedback on shoulder replacement surgery.

    I’m a 66 year old retired railroad conductor, had R shoulder replacement in 2018, ended up with blood clots two weeks later. I have osteoarthritis in both shoulders for conductor work in 30 years, If the pain gets bad enough, you'll have the surgery.

     
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