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rotator cuff after surgery-- how do you move?

Posted by sewnice50 (My Page) on
Mon, Mar 20, 06 at 11:46

I am having rotator cuff surgery April 14..left arm. Its a bad tear. My Dr. said I will not be able to lift anything heavier than a pencil. I am worried because I am a very heavy person and just getting out of a chair requires me to use most of the muscles in my body. How can you move with out straining the surgery? What about getting in and out of bed? I am very worried about the success of this surgery.

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RE: rotator cuff after surgery-- how do you move?

Practice now using your other side. I didn't have a tear, but did have surgery in nov for a burr. I too am heavier. Leg muscles are used more. If you have to use mroe cushions so you use your legs more, then do that.


PS when you have the surgery, if they give you the option of having your arm it. It wears off after about 24 hours which means no pain for 24 hours!!! You will be happy you had the surgery.

RE: rotator cuff after surgery-- how do you move?

Pratice is a very good idea. You will be surprised at what a difference it will make. I had hand and wrist surgery and practiced using just my left arm and hand for about three weeks before. By the time I needed it, I could feed myself, brush my teeth, bathe, and do a lot of my usual work. I was soooo glad I didn't wait. I would have been in a pickle not practiced.

RE: rotator cuff after surgery-- how do you move?

For a heavy person (and I speak from personal knowledge) getting up is easier if you lean forward with keees bent until your butt is just about off the chair and then straighten your knees. Practice doing this in a straight chair and you'll find that you need very little pushing with your arms, and maybe none at all, to rise up.

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