Lounge Doctor

Reverse Shoulder Replacement surgery was 8/2/21

Jimmer

junior member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
42
Age
67
Gender
Male
Country
United States United States
Had surgery august 2nd and things are getting better but I have lots of swelling in the arm. My doctor took stitches out august 17 and they did a ultra sound to look for blood clots. When they did that lots of old blood under the skin came out and there was so much they could not do the test correctly. Came home and wound is still draining a little but still have lots of swelling in arm. Is it normal to have swelling that long in the arm after surgery?
 

Jaycey

FORUM ADMINISTRATOR
Administrator
Joined
Jan 27, 2010
Messages
35,948
Location
Yorkshire
Gender
Female
Country
United Kingdom United Kingdom
@Jimmer Welcome to the other side again! Post op swelling is normal. Are you icing your shoulder?

Still very early days for you. I'm going to tag one of my colleagues who has been through shoulder surgery to come and chat with you. @djklaugh
 

djklaugh

FORUM ADVISOR
Forum Advisor
Joined
Sep 5, 2011
Messages
2,739
Age
74
Location
Oregon
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
@Jimmer It is not unusual for shoulder to have swelling for quite a while after replacement surgery. Are you applying ice packs (or frozen gel packs) to your shoulder? Icing it can help reduce swelling.

Have you spoken to your surgeon since having the ultrasound? Specifically about the wound still draining? That concerns me -- if you have not talked to him I'd urge you to call and talk to surgeon or his assistant.

With each of my shoulder replacements I had swelling for over a month - each gradually decreased over time.
 
OP
OP
Jimmer

Jimmer

junior member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
42
Age
67
Gender
Male
Country
United States United States
Yes I have been icing it 3-4 times a day, have lots of swelling below the elbow, plan on calling surgeon tomorrow, the draining is almost nothing now and hoping it heals up soon. My pain is not bad but having hard time sleeping. I know it takes a long time for recovery and looking forward to therapy.
 

SaraK

FORUM ADVISOR
Forum Advisor
Joined
Nov 17, 2017
Messages
2,396
Age
58
Location
Missouri
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Different people find different positions easier for sleeping. For me, a small pillow under the arm and a reclining sofa without an arm on the surgical side worked well for the first few weeks. As others said, swelling is normal and ice will help with that and is a great pain reliever as well.
 
OP
OP
Jimmer

Jimmer

junior member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
42
Age
67
Gender
Male
Country
United States United States
I am one month into recovery and started therapy yesterday, they seemed pleased with the way the shoulder is coming along. I am sleeping in bed now and getting a good sleep and that seems to help a lot. They gave me some new exercises to do to start to get mobility and strength back. They also gave me compression sleeves for my arm to help with the swelling and it seems to be helping a lot. The pain is not bad at all and I am taking nothing for it. It will take time and I understand that but feel the worst is behind me.
 
OP
OP
Jimmer

Jimmer

junior member
Joined
Sep 25, 2019
Messages
42
Age
67
Gender
Male
Country
United States United States
Saw the surgeon for my 6 week checkup yesterday, he was concerned that I did not have much upward movement in my arm, I can not lift my arm above my shoulders and my deltoid muscle is very hard. He said keep going to therapy and it should get better. Pain is not bad and I keep doing my therapy at home. Just hope things get better.
 

SaraK

FORUM ADVISOR
Forum Advisor
Joined
Nov 17, 2017
Messages
2,396
Age
58
Location
Missouri
Gender
Female
Country
United States United States
Everyone progresses differently. With a reverse shoulder replacement, you have to retrain muscles and ask them to learn new tricks. Keep with the therapy (interesting that they were pleased with movement but the surgeon wasn't) and give it some time. The swelling may also have slowed things down.

Make sure you communicate with your PT about the surgeon's visit. They may be able to suggest some things to loosen the "hard" deltoid. That's one of the primary muscles that needs to be retrained.

In the meantime, no pain and good sleep is something to celebrate!
 

New

OneStep App

BoneSmart #1 Best Blog

Staff online

Forum statistics

Threads
56,788
Messages
1,458,298
BoneSmarties
34,969
Latest member
Caidly
Recent bookmarks
1

Top Bottom