Making a change for the better

X-ray of injured shoulder joint
X-ray of injured shoulder joint

It’s gotten so bad, I cannot swim or do a push-up.  I can’t even raise my hand over my head.

For over twenty years, I have had problems with my right shoulder.  Even with physical therapy, my shoulder proceeded to get worse to the point of chronic pain. Yesterday, I finally had surgery by Dr. Tom Hackett (one of the top orthopedic surgeons in the nation, currently serving as the head team physician for the US Snowboard & Ski teams) at the Steadman Hawkins Clinic in Vail, Colorado.  He performed two types of surgery on my shoulder, a biceps tenodesis and an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair.

For the bicep tendon tear, Dr. Hackett cut the bicep tendon from the shoulder joint and secured it to the humerus bone. This removed the pressure on the tendon allowing for a portion to be removed.

For the arthroscopic repair, Dr. Hacket guided an arthroscope (a small camera) inside small incisions to remove bone spurs and calcium deposits.

The initial recovery phase lasts just 4 to 6 weeks, with restriction of the full movement for at least 3 months.

I’m told I should have 100% recovery and mobility when done.  That sounds like a true miracle to me.  I can’t wait to swim again!

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