PETA’S STORY – TWO SHOULDER REPLACEMENTS
“You need a new shoulder”, said my consultant. “What?” I had never heard of anyone having new shoulders before. Knees, yes. Hips, yes. But shoulders – no! I had an awful fright. That was in 2012. I chickened out. I had an arthroscopy which gave me relief for 2 years, but as predicted, I had to return to ask about a shoulder replacement. My lovely consultant introduced me to a lady who had had this operation and we met over coffee so she could tell me about it and show me how successful it had been. Since her operation, she has taken up golf, so I figured that if you could take up such a sport post-op, it must be successful if done by a specialist. (http://www.upperlimb.co.uk)
PETA, AUGUST 2019 – LOOKING BACK ………
Michelle’s recent posting about her final review after 3 years, made me reflect on my own replacements. As it happened, I needed to see my lovely shoulder consultant on another part of my body – my (dominant) left hand’s thumb was causing difficulties which needed a small operation to sort out. (http://www.upperlimb.co.uk)
MY STORY – FROM KELCEY, MICHIGAN U.S.A.
I’m Kelcey, I’m 57 years old. I’ve been active and athletic my whole life, I’ve also carried around a bit of extra weight and have a hereditary disposition to joint replacements (my mom has had both knees and one hip done).
At 55, I found myself with a very painful knee and had it replaced. Everything went well.
DOUG – MY SHOULDER REPLACEMENT STORY
I’m a 52 year old very active male. On January 29th, 2018 I had my right shoulder replaced. Some 10 years earlier I started to get dull pains in the front of my right shoulder but because I was and continue to be an active personal trainer and competitive athlete taking extended time off to rest my shoulder was nearly impossible, so I did like so many others have done, I ignored it and hoped it would go away.
SUE – MY UPDATE
18 months post-surgery and this summer I feel I have my life back. I’m 65, female, and following a silly trip and breakages 13 years before I suffered from avascular necrosis of the numeral head, which in turn led to arthritis. Several treatments tried, but eventually a full shoulder replacement was the only option. The op itself became complicated due to the sheer lack of mobility and tightness in my shoulder. The surgeon really struggled to place the socket and was really worried about nerve damage. Fortunately, his fears were unfounded.