Limitation of lifting any weight after Subacromial Decompression surgery?

by Sally
(Santa Barbara)

How long after an arthroscopic subacromial decompression surgery is the patient limited with lifting weight with the surgical arm.

I need to have the surgery done, but we are planning a trip in September and I want to know how impaired I will be. Thank you.

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Jun 05, 2008
Usually not too long...
by: Bart - SII

Every surgeon has a little different protocol for the restrictions after a subacromial decompression surgery. If that is all that is done, and there is no rotator cuff repair or other type of repair, there usually is very little along the line of restrictions.

Most of my patients are in a sling for comfort for the first week, and then are able to use the arm as much as tolerated as they progress through their rehabilitation.

With that said, even though there are not restrictions, you will be limited as to how much you can use the arm after surgery. You will have to work to get your range of motion and strength back, but this usually comes fairly quickly depending on how you respond to the procedure.

Typical recovery time for a subacromial decompression can usually be between 4-8 weeks for a return to normal daily activities, including lifting. It may take a bit longer to be able to lift very heavy objects...so surgery now should have you doing well by your trip in September.

I would recommend discussing all of your concerns with your physician and get a timeline for your recovery so you have a good idea of what to expect regarding their specific restrictions.

Hope this helps - comment back with other questions.

Feb 14, 2009
Bicep tendonitis
by: Phil

I had decompression surgery Dec. 5, 2009, why do I have bicep tendon pain with certain movements? Prior to my surgery I had no such pain, there was ac joint cleaning and bone spurs were removed any ideas on what I can do, will it ever go away?

Mar 09, 2009
Arthroscopic Subacromial Decompression
by: robert

I had an ASD on February 12th 2009 so it's been nearly a month.....until I read in a few other sites and details etc I thought I'd made an error having the surgery, am still on pain killers and sleeping is a nitemare!! I work as a Security Officer and part my job is moving bags weighing upto 20kg so haven't got any idea when i'm going to be able to lift,push,pull these weights! Any body else do same type of job requirements and how long it take?? Thanks Robert

Mar 09, 2009
Underlying problems
by: Bart - SII

It is not uncommon to continue to have pain for several weeks after a SAD. While the surgery helps to increase the subacromial space and to clean out the shoulder, the rehabilitation after the surgery is very important in order to get back to normal. There is always some type of underlying biomechanical issue that leads to the impingement in the first place - whether it is a mobility issue, a strength issue, or a repetitive stress issue, something caused the problem. And unless those underlying issues are taken care of, the shoulder will take much longer to heal.

Rehab is essential after an SAD, and rehab with a clinician who understands the intimate workings of the shoulder, and the necessary stabilizing mechanisims of the scapula.

The good news is that it does usually get better - just never fast enough.

Mar 15, 2009
right shoulder
by: Anonymous

I had mine done 1/5/2009 I stil have some pain like befor the surgery shap pains and after 9 weeks still only about 1/2 streanth in lifting etc

Mar 28, 2009
update
by: Robert

Its been 6 weeks now. . And got alot pain. . . Gets tiring not being able to sleep until 3-4am! Got most movement,apart from arm behind back and rotating shoulder. Apparently the scapula/shoulder blade is approx 2inches out of place,MRI said was abnormality with humeral head! Think going to be a long road ahead! Havent been able to do my cross country running,martial arts for nearly a year!

Apr 03, 2009
update
by: Robert

Had physio today-bicep muscles ruptured,hence pain!

Apr 10, 2009
2 years and counting..
by: Anonymous

Had my op in Sept'07 and although I have range of movement am still waiting for full strength to return without pain. Its not as bad as before and can stay away for weeks at a time, but if I over use it the shoulder, arm and hand swell up and its a continuous aching pain - probably got arthritis now!

Apr 11, 2009
Glenohumeral Tear
by: Anonymous

I fell on my shoulder and had decompression surgery last December, when the Dr. went in he said that I had a Glenohumeral ligament tear and he burned (sealed it) I still have pain under neath where the Dr. made an incision, does the pain have anything to do with the Glenohumeral ligament tear?

May 08, 2009
quick recovery...so far!
by: sammyk

I had SAD surgery on 24th April and have just been for my 2nd rehab session. They were so impressed the physiotherapist had to check she was assessing the correct shoulder!! I have worked really hard on the physio though, but sleeping is a real nightmare and I still have alot of discomfort at the front of the shoulder (where the surgery took place).

May 13, 2009
impatient
by: Anonymous

Had deompression surgery april 27 plus clean up of scar tissue,spurs, etc. Passive range is pretty good but almost no strength past 1st 30 degrees of flexion or abduction. Can use arm only at waist height and nothing heavy. Constant dull upperarm pain that can really escalate. Arm is swollen. Some shoulder pain itself at times. Sleep is terrible and Percocet really doesn't cut it. How much time til normal?

May 13, 2009
impatient
by: Anonymous

Had deompression surgery april 27 plus clean up of scar tissue,spurs, etc. Passive range is pretty good but almost no strength past 1st 30 degrees of flexion or abduction. Can use arm only at waist height and nothing heavy. Constant dull upperarm pain that can really escalate. Arm is swollen. Some shoulder pain itself at times. Sleep is terrible and Percocet really doesn't cut it. How much time til normal?

May 17, 2009
SAD
by: Anonymous

I had SAd done on 5/5/09 and for the first week not too much pain but now into my second week my full arm right down to hands is in agony. is this normal?

Jun 17, 2009
No More Pain Please
by: Anonymous

6/17
had SAD plus trimming of frayed labrum 3/13. There's still considerable pain at times, particularly the biceps tendon. Been going to PT right from the start. I'm wondering if and when the pain will ever go away.

Aug 06, 2009
3 weeks post op SAD
by: Anonymous

Had SAD July 15. got rid of the sling day 3. Passive ROM good, but bicep tendon stretches hurt like all get out. And sleeping, ugh, but getting better. I was told before and after surgery this is a very painful condition and I will just have to work thru the pain.

Aug 24, 2009
getting there
by: Anonymous

i also had my operation on the 5/6/09 the pain for the 1st days was unberable at times, and the range of movement was almost none. I discared my sling after 4 days sleeping was a nightmare for about 2 weeks. I am now nearly 3 months after surgery have 90% movement back and my stenght is slowly coming back. I still cant sleep on the left shoulder for 2 long and when i get up in the morning it aches also my arm lets me know when i have over done things all i can say is every one is different and will respond in different ways i dont regrad having it done, Oh and i also have to have the same op on my right shoulder in a few months time which should be great fun with being right handed

Sep 25, 2009
Right shoulder , left shoulder
by: Jillbee

Right shoulder SAD surgery was 4/09. I am WAY WORSE than I was before the surgery. Biceps, triceps, trapezius, all the muscles surrounding he shoulder blade, the deltoid muscle all give me a tremendous amount of pain. It feels like my arm is on fire and someone is stabbing me with a knife over and over again. I've had several cortisone shots (and therapy)post surgery...nothing helps. I am afraid that with every move I will be right back into frozen shoulder. As it is, I have very limited movement and can forget about picking up anything with weight!
I had the left shoulder done 2 years ago. Healed in 6-8 weeks without a problem. (unfortunately I am right handed)
Does anyone out there think I am one of those few that have permanent nerve damage?

Sep 25, 2009
3 months post op.
by: Anonymous

I am now 2 1/2 months post op. 2 weeks ago, had to get a steroid injection as i seemed to have way more pain than i should have at 2 months post op. Backed off on the strength exercises and just did ROM. My surgeon said for my procedure, 4-6 months is the usual recovery time. I am now pain free 90% of the time and slowly starting some strength exercises.ROM is good and sleeping through the night. there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Sep 25, 2009
3 months post op.
by: Anonymous

I am now 2 1/2 months post op. 2 weeks ago, had to get a steroid injection as i seemed to have way more pain than i should have at 2 months post op. Backed off on the strength exercises and just did ROM. My surgeon said for my procedure, 4-6 months is the usual recovery time. I am now pain free 90% of the time and slowly starting some strength exercises.ROM is good and sleeping through the night. there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Oct 26, 2009
bone spur removal and bicep tendon shredded clean up
by: still in pain

i had surgery on 2-11-09 had large bone spur removed and bicep tendon was shredded so they cleaned that up. i am still in so much pain when I use my arm. sharp stabbing pain in front of shoulder and a dull aching all the time with pain in the back between shoulder and neck. cant sleep at all. anyone else with this, help!

Nov 02, 2009
oh boy!
by: Anonymous

One week after SAD, and the pain is increasing vice decreasing. Today will be my second Phys Ther appointment. Wish me luck. I woke up about 3am because the pain was so severe.

I thought as time went by the pain was suppose to go away. I can tolerate pain but this is a tad different, "I hate to yawn even".

Nov 09, 2009
3 weeks post SAD
by: Anonymous

WOW! This was so much more debilitating than I ever imagined. I am still on pain meds and don't see any end to that in sight though I have cut back to about 2 pills a day. I am most concerned that I have way less mobility than I had before the surgery and I was not prepared for that and it's a little scary. The physical therapist says I am doing good.....but compared to what??? I am constantly in pain unless I hold my arm totally still. Feels more like muscle pain than shoulder pain. I am very concerned about my recovery when I see the recovery period listed as 3-6 weeks. No way! I only pray that I do recover from this awful pain and stiffness and lack of mobility and ROM.

Nov 10, 2009
SAD OP 2 Weeks ago
by: Anonymous

Hi guys

just had one on my right shoulder. Needed doing because I've been in a sh*t state for years. Seems to be getting better each day. Awaiting scan on my left shoulder. Almost certain that it's to be same again :(

Read somewhere that FULL recovery can take up to 2 years!!!

Nov 21, 2009
SAD w/DCR
by: AcousticHammer

On the 17th, I had a Distal Clavicular Resection performed in conjunction with a Subacromial Decompression, right shoulder. For those of you who know what a DCR is, you will understand that I have been hit by both barrels on this one. 1st week post op I was inebriated by medication. As a result, I felt great. 2nd week post op went off pains and am now experiencing reality. OUCH! Sleeping is difficult. Morning pain and stiffness are acute and chronic. I am an athlete and lift weights incessantly. This is, unfortunately, what initiated the pathology in the first place. Doc said to exercise shoulder, as pain allows. Also told me, "There is nothing you can do, short of trauma, that will serve to re-injure that shoulder. Exercise as you can tolerate." And that is EXACTLY what I am doing. Yes, it hurts, but I am working through it. IT WILL GET BETTER! I have had surgically repaired sports related injuries before. This is all just part of the process, people. DO NOT be afraid to work into the pain. It is a necessary component in achieving a successful recovery. Yes, it hurts. But do not let the pain take control of your recovery. Dig in your heels and work through it. It will get better.

Nov 22, 2009
SAD
by: Anonymous

For those of you who are less than 3 months post op, all I can say is yes, it hurts like h#@#$. I know, been there done that, BUT you have to be consistant with doing your ROM exercises daily.If you need your pain meds at night to sleep, use them. 3 months seemed to be the magic number for me. I am lifting and exercising daily, yes I do have some discomfort, but am fully functional.

Jan 22, 2010
Glad I'm retired
by: Less

Right shoulder SAD was on 9/30/09. I sent the following to my doctor. "I am a bit concerned that three months after my sub-acromial decompression surgery I a having some very severe almost paralizing pains in my right arm about halfway between my shoulder and elbow when i reach with my right hand to touch my left shoulder or side. This pain is in a different location and is not caused by the original movement of reaching out and up". His answer was "Some patients take longer to regain full function than others. If you have all of the motion of the shoulder back (meaning it is the same as the other shoulder) then the problem could be that the rotator cuff has not yet regained full strength. The theraband exercises are the key and comparing both strength and endurance to the other shoulder often will still show a difference" No change as of 1/21/10.

Feb 01, 2010
SAD IN A WEEK
by: arrron

hey all. having SAD surgery in a few days. not too sure what to expect, short of all the positive(lol) comments by everyone. going to pre op tomorrow, guess ill know more then any suggestions?...thanks

Feb 13, 2010
SAD 18 days ago
by: Anonymous

I had SAD 18 days ago with repair of a torn bicept tendon.Still painfull at present, but getting better every day. Started PT a week a go and I am regaining control of the shoulder movement. Not more taking pain killers but pain still present particularly at night and early morning. I drove my car today first time after surgery

Feb 13, 2010
SAD 18 days ago
by: Anonymous

I had SAD 18 days ago with repair of a torn bicept tendon.Still painfull at present, but getting better every day. Started PT a week a go and I am regaining control of the shoulder movement. Not more taking pain killers but pain still present particularly at night and early morning. I drove my car today first time after surgery

Feb 16, 2010
100% outcome after SAD is unrealistic
by: Anonymous

I had SAD on November 2008, so it's been a little over a year and although my therapist last year told me I regained full range of motion I'm still not 100%. After 3 months I could play sports such as golf but sports like basketball or tennis takes much longer, at least if you want to play at a somewhat competitive level. I honestly don't think one's shoulder can become 100% after surgery, even though that's what an ortho may tell you. This is not to discourage anyone that is considering surgery because it still may be the best option. All I'm saying is that if one expects their shoulder to be 100% after SAD is unrealistic. I think 90-95% is more of a reasonable outlook. I'm glad I did it but I realize now that my shoulder will not improve much further at this point which is ok with me at this stage in my life but if I was in my 20's and as physically active as I was, 90-95% would be disappointing to me.

Mar 24, 2010
Help, Please!!!!
by: Anonymous

So I am 2 weeks prior to my Artho Subacrom. Decomp. and im getting worried reading here. I have been lifting 5-6 days a week upper body for 6 years now, and i started having shoulder problems right after a car accident. My shoulder was in EXTREME pain right after and has since subsided to about 90% no pain, but the remaining pain is enough to keep me from lifting like i use to. (i use to bench 295-305 every day, and am now down to 275 MAX on some days. I am 22 and fear losing the str i have no after this surgery, please advise/help. Is there hope after surgery or should i just not do it?

My doc gave me 1 cortizone injection which relieved ALL pain for a week and was amazing, but since then the pain that is left has returned. I am on one hand want that feeling of NO PAIN that i had with the cortizone to be a forever thing via surgery, but dont want it to get worse.


Mar 24, 2010
I recommend physical therapy first
by: Anonymous

I think since you're young I would probably try physical therapy for a few months and see how that goes and get an MRI as well to see if there are any tears. Subacromial decompression should only be done as a last resort. Full recovery isn't as fast as your ortho may suggest.

Mar 25, 2010
Help Please, Part II
by: Anonymous

The MRI i got apparently showed a "partial" tear, but then when my orth. looked at it he said it was more like just some inflammation. I did phsical therapry for about 6 weeks prior to the MRI and again, ive recovered to that 90% strength. But the remaining weakness/pain is hindering my workouts severely. The doctor then gave me a Cortizone injection (2 actually at the same time in 2 places in my shoulder) and that relieved all pain and stress on my shoulder for about 2 weeks. However it wore off and i was able to realize that the pain was not just in my head and was effecting my energy levels and ability to workout. If the problem isnt so debilitating that im still able to have a decent workout on it (just not my best) My questions are as follows:

1. Will whatever they do while in my shoulder be so minor (because its seems like a minor injury when compared to the stories here) that the rehab wont be as horrible as it sounds like it is from these forums
2. Will going in now (with the pain only a minor inconvenience) actually make the pain as a whole much worse, as i see alot of people on these forums are victim of.
3. If I do nothing for now, will it get worse or will it get better (that u cant answer because obviously its a rhetorical questions that cant be answered, lol.

Im only curious as to which is the worse of 2 evils, the surgery and recovery time or not doing anything.

Mar 25, 2010
Response
by: Anonymous

If it's just inflammation I think like I mentioned earlier I would try physical therapy first, icing your shoulder down and resting it. Even though it sounds like minor surgery, it's still surgery. Your recovery time will still be around 3 months to be functional but that doesn't mean you'll feel 100%. To be honest, benching 275 lbs. is a lot of weight so I don't think more than likely you would require surgery. Also, you may want to speak with your physio and I'm sure he or she will tell you to lighten your workouts until your shoulder fully heals. Also, I was told by my physio that gripping things too wide for the bench press was really bad for your shoulders so you may want to narrow your grip.

Mar 25, 2010
Thank you
by: Anonymous

I will be calling the Doc monday to ask a few more questions now that I have some insight. Ty for your responses, Im sure i will be back here with more questions soon, lol

Mar 25, 2010
GET A 2ND OPINION
by: Anonymous

No problem. I tried physical therapy, cortisone shots, and acupuncture for 4 months before going through with SAD. I did it when I was 38 years old and I did a lot of physical labor which caused me to do a lot of damage to my shoulders. Since you're young I don't think you could've done enough damage to require surgery. And benching 275 lbs. is not something most people could do with major shoulder problems. One other thing to keep in mind is that many orthos tend to suggest surgery, it's their bread and butter. If this injury is pretty recent I would exhaust physical therapy for 3-4 months before deciding on surgery. Also, I went to 3 different orthos before I decided with surgery so it is good to get different professional opinions.

Apr 04, 2010
Subacromial decompression
by: Anonymous

I had SAD on 3/26/10. Had little pain for the first few days, and had full ROM immediately. Over this week, pain has gotten worse. I hope it peaked a couple days ago. Of course I've been pretty active with the arm. If I rest it, it settles down. Propping pillows just right aids sleeping.

I've had lots of orthopedic surgery, though, and all of it is just painful when they go to cutting your bones. This is less painful than some. Eventually you heal.

Prior to this surgery, I worked conservatively on this rotator cuff for 2 years. 7 cortisone shots in that time, which worked great for a couple months each time. But then it'd be back to the same place. Anyway, hoping that in 3 more weeks it'll be less painful. Hoping in 7 it'll be a LOT less painful. That's my mental timeline...lol.

Dec 23, 2010
sad op
by: Anonymous

I had a sub acromial decompression opon my right shoulder after 5 years of pain through lifting at work constantly. I am now two weeks post op and have been back to see the surgeon who seemed pleased with me, however in reality my daily tasks are a nightmare!I cant dress in anything which requires overhead lifting so i wear zip up tops and leggings,putting a bra on is a nightmare and changing bedding..well forget it! still no chance of driving yet as if i hold my arm out i feel the dreaded dull ache ,if i choose to ignore this ache it will throbwhich will then take a while to settle.Iam still struggling to sleep but found so far that laying on my back with pillow under my affected arm works best or lay on my unaffected arm with pillows in front almost to shoulder height stops my shoulder dropping too low to cause too much pain.I have just bought a v pillow today to see if that helps i canonly hoe it will be worth it in the long term!

Dec 29, 2010
post op
by: john

I had sad on 15/12/10 and this was 2 weeks ago. I am 35 years old and have competed in powerlifting and weight trained for approx 20 years. I presume it is the bench press that has caused this problem to occur as i am 6ft 1 inch tall and narrow chested.
The physio is going fine and i can nearly put my arm above my head using my other arm as support. The worst thing about the op was when the nerve block wore off during the first night and it felt like tooth ache in your shoulder.
Just been to doctor and arranged for cortisone injection in the other shoulder as i now have the same pain in my left shoulder!
The best thing was that i was told i also had a torn tendon but when they put the camera in it turned out it was ok so i consider myself lucky that i haven't got my arm in a sling for 6 weeks.
Gone are the days of 260kg deadlift i'm afraid.
Leave it to the young ones now!

Dec 29, 2010
MY EXPERIENCE OF SAD OP. DEC 2010
by: SuziG

Had my SAD op on the 10th December. Have seen the consultant since and had two sessions of physio. Op went well according to Consultant. I also had calcific tedonitus but apparently the calcium deposits will now disperse of their own accord (I hope so !!!).Although I had been in extreme pain before the op, I had under estimated quite how painful it would be after the op and the fact that there was a lot of very "basic" stuff that I would not be able to do for myself since it was my dominant arm that is affected. I had open surgery rather than key hole. Scar is very neat and small for which I am very grateful. I am 100% determined to do my best with physio but boy is it painful. The therapist attempted to get my arm above my head just one week after the op (and no, I didnt swear but it came close!). I am told that any movement is good movement and to persevere. Good luck to everyone who is about to have this op done. There are some real horror stories on this blog but everyone is different so we all have to make a choice at the end of the day. Best wishes to all.

Jan 30, 2011
3 months and counting
by: Anonymous

It's been 3 months since my simple SAD (no rotator cuff or other repair). Pre-surgery, I was an avid rock climber, but felt pain when I extended my arm above my head, especially if I weighted it heavily.

My range of motion has improved since surgery, but my shoulder is still much weaker than it was before, and there I feel pain of some sort almost every day. There is persistent pain in my deltoid, and my shoulder itself feels weak.

I've been doing physical therapy, taking NSAIDs, and spending time in the cryo-cuff. The surgeon and physical therapist both seem pleased with my "progress", but I'm very frustrated. The PT tells me to add more resistance to my exercises, but every time I do, the inflammation and pain come back. Then I back off, and it's back to square one.

If there's rock climbing in my future, it will be in the distant future. I was better off 3 1/2 months ago, before the surgery. Sorry for venting, but I thought you should know that success isn't guaranteed, and it may not be fast.

Feb 18, 2011
sad
by: mike

had SAD and open achromiom clavicular trim 10 mm remmoved and reconstruction , day 1 hell , couldnt move arm at all , day 2 starting pendulum exercise every 2 hours , day 3 sling off 50% of day, pain relief tablets not required during day , day 4 rom much better , I am afraid to lift arm slthough it could be moved doc said no driving for 2 to 3 weeks . bored silly stitches removed in 2 weeks . local pain only around open wound . not lifting any weight cant wait to get back to the gym

Feb 22, 2011
8 weeks out
by: Unbound

I had a bone spur removed, the coracoacromial ligament was completely released (that really freaks me out and I didn't know that was going to be done) and all bursa removed as well as frayed biceps tendon debrided. NO clavicle resection though. Even there was no cartilege left in the AC joint the Doc said it didn't look bad so he left it alone. Had a pain pump in my neck for 3 days post.

For years I worked on old houses and was fairly active. Had a lot of pain this past year and chose surgery.

The jury is still out on this! I have a LOT of pain still. There is full ROM and I am getting stronger but it hurts!! The pain is getting really old and I didn't have a clue it would take this long. At times, it feels like my acromion is broken where the spur was shaved. When I drink from a glass it often feels like severe cramping under the whole collarbone. WTF?!

I get all kinds of pops, clicks and squishy sounds coming out of the shoulder and it feels all clunky and squirrely lke it won't settle in. I often fear that I really screwed up and spent a lot of money just to get mutilated.

Yes I had pain before but I was tight and strong. What have I done?!

I need some encouragement.

Feb 28, 2011
Second opinion?
by: Paul

Had ASD on November 8, 2010. No other issues were found, and was meant to correct impingement. All seemed to be going well at my regular post op appointments. Advice I was given was to resume normal activities with in 3 days of surgery, understanding that they will be painful. Doc told me that I could not undo anything he did. No Therapy was prescribed, Doc was happy about how fast I recovered my range of motion. Been to see him 2 times since and both times complained about pain. He has assured me that my recovery is progressing as expected and that I should expect to be fully recovered by Feb 17th. In Fact he cleared me to return to duty as a firefighter on that date. Today is Feb 28 and I still have pain. The shoulder is sore the the touch like it's bruised, Pushing or pulling is difficult and prohibits me from exerting any real strength with those actions. Any actions with my arm extended, particularly directly in front of me, are difficult. I have tried to return to my 'normal' exercise routine, understanding that I was still recovering and would likely have to 'take it easy' for a while. Prior to the operation I could easily bench press 135 pounds. Now, It's terribly painful to put up an unloaded bar (45LBs) It's not for lack of strength. I can feel that I am not exerting myself, but the the pain in my shoulder makes the rest of my arm go weak. I've long been out of pain medication and advil only goes so far. My doctor's last comment was that I'm recovering as well as can be expected.

My question is simply, am I really recovering as well as can be expected? Should I still be experiencing this much discomfort 15 weeks later?

Mar 02, 2011
SAD 2-3-11
by: Anonymous

In reading everyone's comments here, I thought I should add my experience. Aparently I am much different from the norm. My orthopod said my rotator cuff was very thin and frayed with small tears. He cleaned up the rotator cuff but no repairs. He shaved some off the acromin and remover the bursa. Three days post, I quit the percot but continued the TENS unit and took aleeve. I had full range by day 4, though I had to work through the stiffness. I did pendulum exercises 6-8 times a day just to get the shoulder moving. One week post, I was taking nothing for pain and had complete range, pain free. My Orthopod was stunned. So was my physical therapist. I am now 3 weeks post and have been discharged from PT. I am bored and ready to go back to work but my orthopod wants me to wait another week. In the meantime I am working on more strength and endurance as I have a heavy lifting job. Today I spent the day painting. I am assuming i am an unsual case though.

Mar 30, 2011
SAD left shoulder 11/3/11
by: Anonymous

had the op on 11 march 2011,key hole no tears just shaved bone off,had a pain buster in for 2 days,and sling for 1 day after that,no pain tablets needed just naproxen(anti flams)started excerises,got good range of movement after 1st week,back to norm nearly but still sore to move n touch..went to physio on 28/03/11,couldnt belive my range of motion i had back,they were really pleased,also had follow up with dr same day,he too pleased with progres made.ask about goin back to work(im a s/e roofer)he said another week a least,nearly 1 month post op!!didnt take his advice worked the day after cos needed the money!!!!wasnt bad but day after shoulder,arm sore! gonna take rest of week off n hopefully it will settle down again.cant aford to be off work much longer!!

Mar 30, 2011
SAD left shoulder 11/3/11
by: Anonymous

had the op on 11 march 2011,key hole no tears just shaved bone off,had a pain buster in for 2 days,and sling for 1 day after that,no pain tablets needed just naproxen(anti flams)started excerises,got good range of movement after 1st week,back to norm nearly but still sore to move n touch..went to physio on 28/03/11,couldnt belive my range of motion i had back,they were really pleased,also had follow up with dr same day,he too pleased with progres made.ask about goin back to work(im a s/e roofer)he said another week a least,nearly 1 month post op!!didnt take his advice worked the day after cos needed the money!!!!wasnt bad but day after shoulder,arm sore! gonna take rest of week off n hopefully it will settle down again.cant aford to be off work much longer!!

Apr 27, 2011
SAD
by: Anonymous

Had SAD and clavicle excision 16th march. Still pain and find it difficult to lift my arm above shoulder height. Physio thinks I should have more movement.After I have been to PT my arm is worse for 2 days. Stiil painful at night and sleep quite poor. Take paracetamol and ibuprufen 4 times a day but still have pain. Quite disheartened as progress seems so slow. i push myself to do the excercises and then I am in even more pain. Just don't know what to do!

May 10, 2011
SAd op
by: Anonymous

I had my op on 14-3-2011 after years of shoulder pain. 9 weeks on am still on painkillers and cannot get through the night without Codeine. Wake with awful shoulder ache and pain in joint. I do my exercises as instructed but am completely fed up with the pain. Did I do the right thing in having the op in the first place?

Jul 25, 2011
5 weeks into recovery
by: Anonymous

I had a clavicle incision and SAD five weeks ago. My range of motion is good but sharp pains when reaching high up. My AC joint hurts allot more now after the surgery than before. I'm hoping it's post oprative pain and due to the healing process. Will I ever be able to do a pushup again? I used to live for the gym. Been off for almost a year. Praying earnestly for full recovery.

One thing that is a little disheartening is significant lack of sensation around my scars. I have an area of about 4 square centimetres that has little to no feeling. Nerve damage from the scalple I assume.

Jul 25, 2011
5 weeks into recovery
by: Anonymous

I had a clavicle incision and SAD five weeks ago. My range of motion is good but sharp pains when reaching high up. My AC joint hurts allot more now after the surgery than before. I'm hoping it's post oprative pain and due to the healing process. Will I ever be able to do a pushup again? I used to live for the gym. Been off for almost a year. Praying earnestly for full recovery.

One thing that is a little disheartening is significant lack of sensation around my scars. I have an area of about 4 square centimetres that has little to no feeling. Nerve damage from the scalple I assume.

Sep 15, 2011
SAD 21 months ago
by: Anonymous

I had SAD w/ CA ligament removal on my right shoulder in December 2009 for impingement. I had suffered with pain for years until the inability to sleep forced me to have surgery.
Immediately after surgery I felt relief. I was on vicodin post-op but discontinued after less than a week as tylenol helped way more. My recovery had setbacks every now and again as I waited for the rough bone surface to be "re-coated" with whatever the body grows there. I used a 3' length of PVC pipe with a T-joint on one end to hang on to while I used my good arm to move my right arm throughout a full ROM. This allowed me to push my shoulder into positions that I couldn't do otherwise.
I felt odd pain in my upper bicep for months but it eventually went away. I would say that i was 95% after 18 months. I still get occasional numbness or a cold feeling in my right hand, but overall I am way better off. I am looking to do the left side now. I wasn't overly aggressive during recovery, having nursed the shoulder for so many years prior. I did what felt right. Once you can sense a trend towards recovery you can pace yourself accordingly. There will be setbacks.

Sep 30, 2011
How can I sleep??!
by: Anonymous

I had a SAD+capsule release 3 weeks ago and am doing well, achey arm during the day but can cope with NSAIDs and Paracetamol. I have worked really hard on physio and they're pleased with my ROM. I can drive, dress, go to the gym ( no repetetive arm movements!) but it is the nights that kill me. Nothing helps. I have some Tramadol but have never used it as am wary of it. Can anyone please tell me when sleeping will be ok again as I want to go back to work this week (the pillow tricks don't work for me).

Oct 02, 2011
sad
by: jane - UK

i had subcromial decompression on right shoulder 8 weeks ago, worse op ever, before op had pain in shoulder blade but now have no strentgh, can not even lift cup of tea to drink, have constant bicep pain and have absolutely no chance of lifting arm up past waist high, was admitted twice in first 3 weeks post of to hospital for morphine to combat pain, still can not sleep undisturbed at night, only had 2 physcio sessions since op, feel like am banging head against brick wall to get anywhere, no one told me it would be such a debilitating opertion and no doctor can tell me a time scale to get back to normal. work pay about to go to half pay for a problem that has not been caused by myself, if had had physcio with the proper timescale of 2 weeks i woyld not be this far behind in recovery. wish i had never had this op as because you look "normal" nobody realised that you are infact in excrutitating pain most of the time, on a scale of 1-10 every day is at least a 7-8, cant dry oneself from shower, cant put hand behind back, cant iron, hoover, cook or drive, ben reclusive for past 8 weeks, luckily i have good husband and sons and friends who have helped out enourmously but if someone is on their own then i really do not know what they would do as this is such a debilitating operation, one i wish i had never had.

Oct 02, 2011
sad
by: jane - UK

i had subcromial decompression on right shoulder 8 weeks ago, worse op ever, before op had pain in shoulder blade but now have no strentgh, can not even lift cup of tea to drink, have constant bicep pain and have absolutely no chance of lifting arm up past waist high, was admitted twice in first 3 weeks post of to hospital for morphine to combat pain, still can not sleep undisturbed at night, only had 2 physcio sessions since op, feel like am banging head against brick wall to get anywhere, no one told me it would be such a debilitating opertion and no doctor can tell me a time scale to get back to normal. work pay about to go to half pay for a problem that has not been caused by myself, if had had physcio with the proper timescale of 2 weeks i woyld not be this far behind in recovery. wish i had never had this op as because you look "normal" nobody realised that you are infact in excrutitating pain most of the time, on a scale of 1-10 every day is at least a 7-8, cant dry oneself from shower, cant put hand behind back, cant iron, hoover, cook or drive, ben reclusive for past 8 weeks, luckily i have good husband and sons and friends who have helped out enourmously but if someone is on their own then i really do not know what they would do as this is such a debilitating operation, one i wish i had never had.

Nov 25, 2011
Just remember, its not all bad NEW
by: Anonymous

Just remember, those who are recovering well and as planned, are not going to search the internet for "answers" that those who have no responded well are looking for.

You will here 50 horror storys for every succesfull story.

I know someone who has had a decompression on each shoulder, it took 6 months to get each one back to normal strength and up to a year to get back to their best. To cut a long story short, they the competed recently in theit 80kg powerlifting class and won the bench press competition by lifting 180kg at the tender age of 40.

Stay positive, negative thoughts and feelings DO NOT HELP, THEY HINDER RECOVERY!

I am 24 years, suffered for the past 3 years and now going for an SAD on both shoulders. I will recover and I will train again, mind over matter.

Nov 29, 2011
ZUMBA HELPED NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a SAD on my right shoulder in Aug 2005 and it took me 2 years to get full strength back i then had SAD on my left shoulder in Sept 2010 pain wasn`t as bad second time around. I started zumba in nov 2010 and a year on my shoulders feel great and I can even do press ups again which I never thought would be possible. You need to strengthen muscles gradually. Keep positive. If going for op make sure you try and move your shoulder later that day just a bit at a time and it should help with your recovery, I was too scared after first op to move my shoulder but wasn`t going to let that happen second time around.

Dec 08, 2011
positive result so far NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my SAD and AC joint resection 3 weeks ago. I can drive, pick up my 2yo daughter. I even managed a dozen pressups yesterday. Its sore. But still way better than pre op. Keep it moving but keep everything you do at 50% of max effort. I did manage to sublux the joint about 10 days ago. That was not so much fun. Just move it and keep it gentle but often.

Feb 20, 2012
12 days post op NEW
by: TC Leigh

I had my SAD 12 days ago and the pain is still quite bad. Like many others here, the pain in the second week seems to be worse. I do have good ROM but all movements are painful. Still on analgesics and sleeping is difficult. I am in way more pain now than before the surgery. It's good to know I'm not the only one though because I'm sure everyone else thinks I'm just a whinger!!

Feb 21, 2012
SAd NEW
by: Anonymous

I had my surgery on 17th. My shoulder feels like there is a ton of weight sitting on it. clothing myself is a big problemI can flex at the elbow but am not able to move the shoulder?

Feb 22, 2012
shoulder decompression with impingement syndrome NEW
by: robert

had subacromial decompression with impingement symdrome+had op february 12 2009. . .pain was terrible,and didn't get back to work until july. tried to return to karate in october but shoulder can't handle it. 3years later absolutely perfect now:-) really important to keep it moving+flexible. started running competitively last year and it ached really bad for the first month but after the running movement, its freed up. just takes time! good luck to everyone's robert UK

Mar 19, 2012
SAD NEW
by: Kaye

I'm a novice at this after reading all your very helpful comments. I had my surgery just two weeks ago. I also had to have a manipulation for a frozen shoulder at the same time. When I left hospital after surgery, I wasn't given any direction on aftercare other than the world 'mobilise' on my paperwork and "we will arrange for you to see a physiotherapist" but if the pain is too bad, stop the physiotherapy. I'm in considerable pain and cannot take strong medication because of an intolerance problem. I'm 67 years old and feel that I am just over the hill as far as doctors are concerned. I've tried doing a little sensible exercise but this results in more pain. I am not sleeping and am feeling very low at the moment. Tried ringing the hospital for advice but cannot ever get to speak to anyone.

Pre op, I didnt know what questions to ask but I would suggest to anyone contemplating this procedure. really think hard and write down as many questions that you can think of and ask your surgeon

Mar 23, 2012
Decomression, bone spurs removed, not tears. NEW
by: Dave

Had the surgery 4 and a half weeks ago, was going fine. Then went to the gym and upped the work load and intensity just a little, and whamm!!! Pain for a week so far. Think its just inflammed again, as surgeon told me nothing i do could undo or damage what he has done. Let pain be ur guide he told me.

I think these sort of injuries or ops are slow healers as i found healing initially was very quick but then it just slowed down nearly to a halt. Must come in waves. Hope this helps.

Mar 29, 2012
SAD -3 weeks ago. Good new fingers crossed NEW
by: Anonymous

SAD op 3 weeks ago and had an " incredibly large" beak removed plus manipulation etc etc. All gone really well. Left shoulder and I am left handed which means that without intending to I have probably used shoulder more than expected. Took sling off as soon as I got home. Slept upright for 2 nights. Since then especially first week almost pain free apart from when doing physio which I started 3 days after op and have been lucky enough to see her every 3 or so days. Yes she makes it sore but boy does it help. Occasionally wakes me up - but that could be hubby snoring. Started driving a couple of days ago, mowed the lawn, and can get dressed all on my own! That's a novelty after months of chronic pain. I had forgotten what normal felt like. I have probably 95% movement back - slowest has been behind my back and today I can reach half way up which is amazing. I am sure there will be set backs. But I am so pleased I had it done.

Apr 11, 2012
my experience NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my SAD op 2 weeks ago, had bone spur and scar tissue, all went well. haven't driven yet but will try soon. Pain wise i have more discomfort than pain and none of it has been unbearable, woke up in the night for the first week and took painkillers but otherwise slept reasonably well. i can raise my arm up to shoulder height, but not without a bit of help, can't get my arm behind my back yet either. I have been doing exercises that the physio gave me from the day after op, am going for my second physio app on friday where he is going to get me to raise my arm above my head, (good luck to him). All in all what can i say, glad i had it done and i know i will regain full use of my arm providing i do what the physio says. i came here before the surgery and wasn't sure what to expect, now i know and it really has been nothing like these poor people on here who are suffering. everyone is different and you won't know how it's going to affect you till you have it done. good luck everyone awaiting the op.

Apr 11, 2012
SAD NEW
by: Kaye

I left a comment two weeks after having my subachromial decompression and manipulation. It is now 5 weeks and I am still in considerable pain. The movement in my arm is marginally better but I had to stop the physio on my surgeons advice as it "would do more harm than good" I have to wait another 7 weeks for my post op examination and dread the thought that I have to suffer the pain and sleepless nights that long before I can see someone. Your previous comments from people who have had this procedure are correct in that everyone is different, so dont be put off by my comments. Just make sure that you ask enough questions pre op. My surgeon said this procedure isn't guaranteed to correct the problem.

Apr 11, 2012
SAD NEW
by: Kaye

I left a comment two weeks after having my subachromial decompression and manipulation. It is now 5 weeks and I am still in considerable pain. The movement in my arm is marginally better but I had to stop the physio on my surgeons advice as it "would do more harm than good" I have to wait another 7 weeks for my post op examination and dread the thought that I have to suffer the pain and sleepless nights that long before I can see someone. Your previous comments from people who have had this procedure are correct in that everyone is different, so dont be put off by my comments. Just make sure that you ask enough questions pre op. My surgeon said this procedure isn't guaranteed to correct the problem.

Apr 20, 2012
sub accromian dec and clav disection NEW
by: shirley

I had my tendon trimmed up as it too was partially torn, bone spurs removed part of my bursa removed as it was all shredded and my accromian shaved and clavicle trimmed by 4mm. all in right shoulder joint. immediately after surgery with support i had full rom. i could drive after two weeks and started to reduce painkillers by three weeks. BUT week 4 i was bent over tying the corners of a bin bag together when it popped it felt eccruciating like it had disclocated and since then my recovery has been 2 steps forward 1 back, its 3 mths now its popped 3 times since but hasn't for 2 wks now, the surgeon said not to worry its the 2 bone ends clipping past each other and very sensitive because still too early for enough scar tissue to have built up to cushion the joint and that this only happens within the first 3 mths. i am comfortable in most low range movements and i ride horses and i,m strong when horse pulls on bit but my arms are at waist level, but anything where my arm moves away from my body is painful and very week but the pain isn't in my joint its at the top of my bicep and top of my pectoral muscle end that would join at the shoulder joint, i try to do exercises but there seems to be no elasticity in the muscles and they go very tight preventing me from doing exercises without it feeling like its gonna tear, the surgeon has told me this is where they have gone into the area to do op and that this will come right in time. i want to give everyone hope because i know how fustrating it is to be in pain try and get something done only to be in more pain, so as soon as i feel i can do shoulder height activities with no pain i will add another post so keep your eyes open and good luck because if your reading this your in the same boat or going to be


Apr 22, 2012
SAD Recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

Has a SAD 3 weeks ago, read all the other posts and seems to be the same question, "how long will recovery take?"
My surgeon said 3 - 6 months and I thought he was joking, it seemed a long time for an Op that only took 1/2 hr!
I think the thing I have found with this Op is that I was totally unprepared for the pain and discomfort after the Op; and that no one at the hospital can give you a timescale for recovery as 'every ones different".
The not sleeping is the biggest problem at the moment and i've started to take strong painkillers again which I stopped in week one, so there seems to be a bit of a backward step there, having said all that, the body is an amazing piece of kit and I suppose it will be better when its ready, but as I found out yesterday, DON'T OVER DO IT!

May 07, 2012
SAD recovery NEW
by: Anonymous

I had shoulder Arthroscopy on 4/18, I'm just about 3 weeks post op, originally the surgeon told me they were going to "clean up my bursitis" shave a bone spur down and a SAD. When they went in I had moderate synovitis, the labrium was frayed and slightly peeled off anteriorly, superiorly, and posteriorly. The biceps had fraying and the undersurface of the supraspinatus had a partial tear and had a partial cuff tear . They did find a lot of bursitis in there also. I had extensive debriement of labrium a partial synovectomy, debriement of partial cuff tear and a SAD. The bursitis was removed a limited SAD. I guess I can say I'm lucky that I didn't need a repair of my cuff or labrium the surgeon actually said my labrium was "pretty beat up". I was very uncomfortable for about a week post surgery, more than I thought. I started PT 2 weeks post surgery, I've only done 2 visit with PT. My ROM is coming back, the rehab is not fun and it hurts. Sleeping sucks I can't seem to get comfortable, I stopped taking the pain medication during my first week post op, sometimes I think I need it (mostly after PT). Im a preschool teacher and I have a lot of restrictions at work, I went back 2 weeks post op. I was told at my post op apt with the PA at the surgeons office don't push it and take it slow. I'm very happy I went thru with my surgery, it has not been easy but, it was the right thing to do. Hopefully I can get back to my regular activites (fitness bootcamp, swimming, and working out) real soon!

May 26, 2012
Shoulder surgery - July 2011 NEW
by: Anonymous

I had Subacromial Decompression surgery in July 2011, 10 months ago and am still in pain. Six weeks after surgery and having no physio as he would not touch it as it was so painful, so had acupuncture and ultrasound. This did help a bit, but I have had to work really hard in doing the arm movements as suggested by physio and using the band on the doorknob to stretch the arm upwards and outwards even though the pain was horrendous. I could not lift an empty cup up after surgery and can now lift a 2 litre bottle of water up, so you really do have to work at it. Still have a lot of pain but in the bicep area and can only guess its built up scar tissue that needs breaking down by deep massaging. I can only say to those who have just had it done, yes its painful, no I would not have had it done had I known what agony I was going to be in, but it is SO important to keep working at it and keep it moving all the time or it will get stiff.

May 27, 2012
Update on my SAD aand MUA NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. It's Kaye again. My recovery from my op is not really progressing very well. I've just had my 3-month post op check at the hospital and doctor tells me that the constant pain i'm in is quite normal and could last another 3 months. It looks like I will have to go back for another MUA (manipulation because the previous two haven't worked). That means more anaesthetic. They just cannot unfreeze my shoulder despite all the physio I'm doing. It's making me really depressed as the other shoulder is getting worse because of the extra strain I'm putting on it to compensate. Getting really fed up with the pain and sleeplessness. I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel and am not sure I want to go through all these problems with the other arm. I feel my future looks quite bleak. This doesnt mean it's the same for everyone and I'm sure the op is successful for some.

May 27, 2012
Update on my SAD aand MUA NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. It's Kaye again. My recovery from my op is not really progressing very well. I've just had my 3-month post op check at the hospital and doctor tells me that the constant pain i'm in is quite normal and could last another 3 months. It looks like I will have to go back for another MUA (manipulation because the previous two haven't worked). That means more anaesthetic. They just cannot unfreeze my shoulder despite all the physio I'm doing. It's making me really depressed as the other shoulder is getting worse because of the extra strain I'm putting on it to compensate. Getting really fed up with the pain and sleeplessness. I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel and am not sure I want to go through all these problems with the other arm. I feel my future looks quite bleak. This doesnt mean it's the same for everyone and I'm sure the op is successful for some.

May 27, 2012
Update on my SAD aand MUA NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. It's Kaye again. My recovery from my op is not really progressing very well. I've just had my 3-month post op check at the hospital and doctor tells me that the constant pain i'm in is quite normal and could last another 3 months. It looks like I will have to go back for another MUA (manipulation because the previous two haven't worked). That means more anaesthetic. They just cannot unfreeze my shoulder despite all the physio I'm doing. It's making me really depressed as the other shoulder is getting worse because of the extra strain I'm putting on it to compensate. Getting really fed up with the pain and sleeplessness. I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel and am not sure I want to go through all these problems with the other arm. I feel my future looks quite bleak. This doesnt mean it's the same for everyone and I'm sure the op is successful for some.

May 27, 2012
Update on my SAD aand MUA NEW
by: Anonymous

Hi. It's Kaye again. My recovery from my op is not really progressing very well. I've just had my 3-month post op check at the hospital and doctor tells me that the constant pain i'm in is quite normal and could last another 3 months. It looks like I will have to go back for another MUA (manipulation because the previous two haven't worked). That means more anaesthetic. They just cannot unfreeze my shoulder despite all the physio I'm doing. It's making me really depressed as the other shoulder is getting worse because of the extra strain I'm putting on it to compensate. Getting really fed up with the pain and sleeplessness. I cannot see a light at the end of the tunnel and am not sure I want to go through all these problems with the other arm. I feel my future looks quite bleak. This doesnt mean it's the same for everyone and I'm sure the op is successful for some.

Jun 22, 2012
Highly recommended op NEW
by: Anon - Aust

3 weeks ago I had SAD, bursa removal, bone shaved, biceps tendon cut, debrided, and screwed back on.
No meds after op and only twice since, same for using the sling.
Have adjusted to sleeping only upright, on back or good side.
Have been given very clear instructions not to use bicep yet.
Was back at work 4 days later.
Both the surgeon and PT have been very happy with my recovery.
The surgery did reveal considerable arthritis but this has not caused problems.
Back at gym first time today and am working on muscle stamina/endurance. I have no need to bulk up, only to stay fit.
I was in extremely good physical condition going into surgery which is more than likely why surgeon and PT have been more than happy with my recovery.
I would definitely recomment this type of surgery.

Jun 23, 2012
Update on SAD NEW
by: Kaye

Now 4 and half months since my SAD and manipulation. Absolutely no change. Still in considerable pain if I do much vacuuming or hanging washing on line, carrying shopping etc. Suffer no discomfort so long as I dont raise my arms above elbow. Anything above is very painful and cannot be full achieved as the frozen shoulder is still frozen. Obviously the manipulation hasn't worked for the second time. Surgeon keeps changing the goal posts by extending the recovery time. Whilst I agree these things take a long time to repair, I cannot believe that I would be no better off or in fact in worse pain after all this time. Even a slight improvement would have given me hope. Looks like another manipulation is required and I'm feeling so depressed, Ive no confidence in the procedure. My other arm is now just as bad and to me my future looks bleak.

Sorry if these comments are not very encouraging to anyone but I'm sure it must work for someone. Obviously I'm not that someone.

Jun 23, 2012
2 months post op NEW
by: Anonymous

I had written about my surgery that I had on 4/18/12. It been about 2 months since my surgery. I had a SAD and a lot debriement in my right shoulder. In the beginning I was very uncomfortable but slowly I noticed it was getting better. When I went back to see the surgeon 6 weeks post op he was very pleased with my progress. He did tell me to be careful, and I will see him again July 17th. I do have lifting restrictions at work, I'm a pre school teacher. I also think having a great Physical Therapist has helped me a lot. I'm so happy I made the decision to go thur with the surgery. I learned that it's not going to get better right away and "time heals". I'm still doing PT because getting the strength back has taken sometime. I'm really itching to get back to swimming, and fitness bootcamp. I've got my fingers crossed that I will be able to soon!

All you SADers keep your head up , it's a long road back but time really heals.

Sep 05, 2012
right shoulder cuff repair sad NEW
by: Anonymous

one day played cricket and feeling more pain than before spin bowling just for one hour worried if done something wrong please advise thank you

Sep 05, 2012
right shoulder cuff repair sad NEW
by: Anonymous

one day played cricket and feeling more pain than before spin bowling just for one hour worried if done something wrong please advise thank you

Sep 05, 2012
right shoulder cuff repair sad NEW
by: Anonymous

one day played cricket and feeling more pain than before spin bowling just for one hour worried if done something wrong please advise thank you

Sep 05, 2012
SAD & MUA NEW
by: Kaye

Hi, it's Kaye again. My 6-month update on my SAD and MUA. Still no improvement (I really think I'm the unlucky one with this procedure). I have considerable pain in the left arm between shoulder and elbow and the arm is still frozen. Cannot raise it above shoulder. The right shoulder is excruciating and I can hear clicking every time I move it. Had my 6-month visit to surgeon and he is going to do a SAD on my right shoulder and then later will try another MUA on my left shoulder. I'm a glutton for punishment but am desperate at the moment. Cant take painkillers because of an intolerance. Lifes a bitch (and then you marry one, my husband says) Got to keep my sense of humour. This will be my last try and if this fails I don't really know what else to do.

Sep 05, 2012
SAD & MUA NEW
by: Kaye

Just to add to my above comment. One of the most difficult things to deal with is that as long as I keep my arms at waist level, no-one would guess I have a problem, so family and friends have no idea what level of pain I experience and I find they don't really believe I have much of a problem and think I'm a bit of a moaner. I have a high pain tolerance but find ironing, vacuuming, changing bedding, stretching onto cupboard shelves, shopping etc excrutiating. Maybe I should start to moan more.

Oct 11, 2012
2 Weeks out of surgery NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 39 yr old, female and I had a shoulder compression on Aug 27, 2012. I have had several knee surgeries and all but one never required anything more than Advil. The dr. said this shoulder surgery would hurt a lot, so I got the narcotics. Surgery was at 8 am, I took one pain pill at 3 pm and regretted it. It was way too much since the pain was more soft tissue discomfort than bone pain. Never took another, just naproxen, which I take regardless for the knees.

I had no bone pain with this procedure and I know how intense bone pain is since I have had a knee surgery that surgically detached the patellar tendon bone and screwed it back into place. I had to learn bone from tissue/ligament pain.

I had full range of motion back in the shoulder in 5 days. Strength is a different matter, so I started rehab on October 8th. The PT was amazed that I really didn't take pain meds and have full range. PT is working on getting strength back and working out any tight areas in soft tissues.

I think the biggest thing is knowing your body and being prepared. I know I have a high pain threshold and I know what's needed for my body. I push it, but don't over do it. I am also open to alternative treatments, chiropractic and acupuncture are my top two treatments, so I know what works and where it's needed.

Good luck in your recovery!

Oct 18, 2012
SAD Sept 19, 2012 NEW
by: Anonymous

I am a 47 year old female who enjoyed lifting weight and working out at the gym, I had SAD Operation on my right shoulder on Sept 19, 2012. I was sent home with Percocet and a sling, once the nerve block wore off and after taking 8 pills in a 24 hours with no pain relief I stopped taking any medication. I must say this is the worst pain I have ever had and I ask myself was it worth it. I took 3 days of work seeing that I have a desk job, by the end of my work day my shoulder and back were in excruciating pain. I had my stitched removed on Oct 10th & started PT the 16th I am still experiencing a lot of shoulder/shoulder blade pain daily. I am getting a little frustrated that I can’t do any body building exercise. Is there anyone else out there whom have had this surgery who’s into body building with weights if so how long did it take you to get back.

Jan 12, 2013
7 months post op NEW
by: Anon - Aust

Update: My op was in early June 2012. Post op everything was great, no pain, recovery was extremely quick. PT was very helpful as I have bad posture which contributed to the original problem. I now know that I need to set my shoulder instead of the bad habit of slumping which I automatically fall into.
I was back at the gym within weeks of the op but mindful not to give the bicep anything but a light workout until given the all clear 3 months later.
I now workout 3-4 times a week at the gym with weights to keep fit, not bodybuild and at all times am mindful of keeping my shoulders set.
However, I still have impingement of the should i.e. it still pinches. Fortunately I have a high pain tolerance and can wait to see the surgeon next month for a review.
I have been extremely happy with the op and recovery and am in a far better position than prior and would still recommend it.

Jan 15, 2013
Update on my SAD NEW
by: Kay

Had my first SAD in left shoulder in March 2012 and am still in a lot of pain despite exercise and physiotherapy. Had my right shoulder SAD 3 weeks ago and have been told no physio to be done until appointment with surgeon in 2 weeks time. Cant have anything else done to left shoulder until I can use right arm without discomfort. The surgeon did not think the op on right shoulder was successful as the shoulder was a lot worse than the x-rays showed (says a lot for x-rays). I am in so much pain I am getting very depressed. Add to this that I cannot take pain killers or anti inflammatory medication as I have a problem with them. I feel very vulnerable and useless as I feel I have totally lost my independence and confidence. Cannot drive, do proper cleaning and most menial tasks cause me a lot of pain. (my pain tolerance is high but I haven't been free from chronic pain for years now. The joys of being old. It seams that my next step is to have shoulder replacements, so i can't see being free from pain for the next couple of years. Oh for a better quality of life.

I've had my moan but I would like to say that I think this procedure is very successful for most people

As I am not a young person, my problems have occurred from the type of work I did for 40 years and is now exacerbated by arthritis. Everyone I have know who have had this procedure has had a successful result so don't be put off by what I have been through. Mine case is rare. Good luck to all of you and thanks for letting me have a moan.

Jan 15, 2013
further surgery after SAD NEW
by: shirley

Hi, i commented on here previously and mentioned i was still getting pain after SAD and clavacle disection done in Feb. 2012, well i demanded a MRI scan eventually to realise my pec major had partially ruptured from the bone and was only hanging on by a thread, I,ve just had open corrective surgery to re-attach the tendon and they also detached the bicep and perfomed tenosis op which is drilling hole in humerus bone and re-attaching it because it was swelling and causing a lot of pain. I,m now in a sling and have to keep it on for a total of six weeks with no driving, i,m hoping theyve cracked it this time but just to let u know if your still having problems after your SAD don't be affraid to ask for furhter tests cos its a complex area and so much can be going on aswell as common bone spurs and bursitis. I'll post when i get this sling off and let you's know how it heals

Jan 27, 2013
Had surgery on my right shoulder 10months ago now left one hurts NEW
by: Anonymous

I had surgery on my right shoulder in April of 2012, I had a lot of bursitis. Extensive debriement of my labrium, cuff, and biceps tendon along with. SAD. 2.5 months of PT. It took a while for it to feel normal again. The strength is still not 100% but it almost there , I've been working very hard with a trainer at the gym since August to regain full strength.

I'm now having pain and discomfort in my Left shoulder, and I'm dragging my feet on going back to the orthopedic doctor, I just don't want to start with all of that stuff again, the MRI, Injections and more PT. and of course if all fails back to the OR for another surgery. My trainer at the gym notice a difference in ROM and strength in my left one. He really wants me to get it taken care of before its a bigger issue. I of course know I should go to the doc but don't want to, but worried the longer I wait the more damage I could be doing.

Feb 18, 2013
3 weeks out NEW
by: Anonymous

Had my SAD Three weeks ago. Was in a bit of pain after the surgery. Went for my 1st physio last week and had a strength test comparing both shoulders. Physio was amazed how much strength I had in the shoulder and had all my movement back nearly so he said he couldn't do anything. So there is hope. I hope everyone is recovering.

Mar 12, 2013
Sub decomp NEW
by: SB

Hi I am 30+ female and had subacromial decomp 5 days ago. Already off the painkillers , sleeping is no problem and my ROM Is improving every day. Got my first physio session tom and all is going well. Shoulder is a little stiffl in the morning but I guess it's all still healing so expected. Hoping to get strength back soon enough. Interesting to read other patients comments on here. I guess the main thing is be prepared to be patient! :)

Mar 12, 2013
Sub decomp NEW
by: SBuk

Hi I am 30+ female and had subacromial decomp 5 days ago. Already off the painkillers , sleeping is no problem and my ROM Is improving every day. Got my first physio session tom and all is going well. Shoulder is a little stiffl in the morning but I guess it's all still healing so expected. Hoping to get strength back soon enough. Interesting to read other patients comments on here. I guess the main thing is be prepared to be patient! :)

Apr 15, 2013
I hurt myself during physical therapy. What to do? NEW
by: Greg

Need your comments please. Four months ago I had subacromial decompression and distal clavical resection. After three years of constant pain I was finally pain free. The surgery totally worked. Then during physical therapy 2 1/2 months after surgery my physical therapist was stretching my shoulder doing external rotation and it hurt like heck, she really pushed the stretch hard. The next morning I woke up and the pain was terrible, right in the front of the shoulder. That was a month and a half ago and it still really hurts. I went back to see my surgeon and he said there is no way that the therapist could have torn my rotator cuff and he thinks I have tendonitis of the biceps tendon. He gave me a cortisone shot, but the shot did nothing to ease the pain. (Before surgery I had 2 cortisone shots and they totally took away the pain each time for about 5 months.) Did I reinjure myself during physical therapy? Is it possible? The doctor dosen't think so. I am totally bummed out because I was finally pain free after the surgery now the pain is back. It hurts in the front of the shoulder.


Apr 15, 2013
Sad and clavicle dissection NEW
by: Shirley

Greg if I was u I'd ask for a MRI scan of your shoulder to include your pec tendon because I had same surgery as you and I was finally pain free but only five weeks after operation tying a bag POP in my shoulder excruciating and it just never regained strength after that. The surgeon said it was the two raw bone ends popping past each other cos the scar tissue hadn't built up enough to cover it but I don't agree. I had scan done and my pec tendon was ruptured!! They said this was missed on previous op but ill never know if the surgery caused it. Either way as I said previously I had to undergo open surgery and I'm still trying to get strength/rom back

Apr 15, 2013
SAD's NEW
by: Kaye

I had MUA op to unfreeze my shoulder to allow a later SAD to be performed. The MUA was in Dec 2011. It didn't work. I had the SAD plus another MUA done In March 2012. Have not had a single day free of pain (in fact pain much worse since) and in March 2013, had a SAD done on the other arm. I'm am in so much pain it's causing me to be severely depressed. I have a multiple drug intolerance so am unable to take anti inflammatory or pain killing drugs. Was told after my last op that the shoulder was much worse than they had thought and that it was probable, I would have to have a shoulder replacement

Went to see the doc for my post op check up and he told me that he believed they had "gone down the wrong road and don't know what is causing my pain. He said he would refer me to a pain clinic to see a neurologist and he would dictate the referral later that day. That was six weeks ago. I have heard nothing. I can't do the most menial of tasks. dressing is a nightmare, Can't iron, vacuum, make beds, hang washing on line, hang clothes up, drive, do my hair etc. I look really well (overweight because i done get much exercise. on contacting the pain clinic I was told that there was a minimum of four months waiting list. I have lost all faith in the national health service and quite frankly, don't know which way to turn.

Apr 18, 2013
1 year later NEW
by: Anonymous

A year ago today I had my right shoulder scope, subacromial decompression and extensive debriement. It seems like yesterday in sometimes. I can say it was 100% totally worth it! It was not a easy recovery at all, and the physical therapy sucked at times. It took along time to get my strength back and I don't think I as strong as I once was in that arm.

I would tell anyone who is facing this surgery or has just had it, it's worth it in the long run, my surgeon told me the last time I saw him in December wait till the 1year mark and you will not even think of it anymore! He's right, my physical therapist told me last year " time heals" ! Keep your head up it's worth it In The end!

May 10, 2013
surgery was one month ago today NEW
by: Anonymous

I am feeling a bit discouraged reading about the recovery time for my subacromial decompression surgery- I'm not sure if it is different for everyone but I am still wearing my sling, in a fair amount of pain and have VERY limited range of motion back. I'm wondering if I made the right decision with this surgery as I was better off before it at this point. I am a crossfitter and am used to exercising/lifting daily- not being able to do so has really taken its toll on me. I am hoping to get back at it soon, but am unsure of reinjuring myself or hindering my recovery.

May 10, 2013
SAD's & MUA's NEW
by: kay

Hi folks

Just and update on my recovery from two SAD's & 2 MUA's(manipulations under anaesthetic) It is now a year and half since my left shoulder SAD and 5 months since my right shoulder SAD. and MUA's in between. I'm in so much more pain now than I ever had before the ops and am now in a position that I don't know which way to turn. My orthopaedic consultant has now passed the buck and referred me to a pain clinic, saying he thinks he may have "gone down the wrong road with me" I am appalled that I had these procedures done when the quack was not certain of what was causing my pain.

The advice I would give to anyone considering the op, to make certain by insisting on MRI scans etc that you really need them. Do plenty of research.

i think mine is probably a very unusual case and that most surgeons are more responsible that the idiot that I had, so please dont let me put you off.

I saw a light at the end of the tunnel as was sold right after last surgery that the shoulders were much worse that originally thought and that I would have shoulder replacement. Free from pain at last I thought. It was at the post op appointment that I saw the head surgeon and he told me that the diagnosis was wrong. So,so depressed. Lovely to have the chance to have a moan.

May 20, 2013
Is this normal? NEW
by: PJNEG

Hi there,
Can anyone give me some advice on whether the pain I'm feeling is normal.
I had SAD surgery with ACJ excision 8 weeks ago as I have suffered shoulder problems for years.
I am in so much pain! A lot of pain is along my trapezius and in my shoulder blade , it aches and burns and my neck aches so much. I have all the other pain symptoms that everyone seems to be experiencing but no-one seems to have mentioned the others so I am wondering if it is something to worry about, have any of you experienced this or should I get it checked out?

Sep 24, 2013
still in pain NEW
by: Anonymous

I had the operation in may 2010 and my shoulder is still in so much pain the whole of my right arm doesn't feel like mine and the shoulder blade feels heavy and the doctors only ever send me to physio which doesn't work


Sep 24, 2013
SAD's & MUA's NEW
by: Kay

Hi folks

Just another update on my problems with SADs MUAs. It is not far off three years since my first left shoulder SAD & two MUAs and one year since my right shoulder SAD. After being fobbed off by the consultant by being told they had gone down wrong road with me and had made wrong assumptions, I was passed to pain clinic. I am suffering very severe chronic pain 24 hours a day, every day and getting a good nights sleep is unheard off. Apparently the consultant didn't know what was causing my problems. The pain clinic has sent me on numerous courses (to teach me to suck eggs). One, a pain management course (was actually a stress management course) which was a complete and utter waste of tax payers money. I've been given suprascapula pain blocks in each shoulder, physioi, acupuncture, blood tests for rheumatoid arthritis, polymyalgia etc. All to no avail. If anything, I am in more pain than before. Have to go to another city to have a second opinion on problems. Bloody NHS has cost taxpayers a fortune and got me nowhere. Really demoralised as my quality of life is so bad. I am only out of acute pain if I don't make any movement from my arms. Again, thanks for the opportunity to have a moan.

Mar 06, 2014
Post arthroscopy NEW
by: Anonymous

Had subacromial decompression 3.5 months ago.
I have been told that progress will be slow so whilst it is frustrating not to be able to do ones normal sporting activities it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that it takes so long to fully recover as NHS direct website states that it can take 6 months or more to recover and indeed up to a year to be 2 back to normal."

I too feel at times that I wont get better but am tring to stay positive and do the physio albeit taking a break when the reaction to it appears to be detrimental.

The pain that I had with a particular movement before the operation has gone so that is one positive.

Mar 06, 2014
Post arthroscopy NEW
by: Anonymous

Had subacromial decompression 3.5 months ago.
I have been told that progress will be slow so whilst it is frustrating not to be able to do ones normal sporting activities it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that it takes so long to fully recover as NHS direct website states that it can take 6 months or more to recover and indeed up to a year to be 2 back to normal."

I too feel at times that I wont get better but am tring to stay positive and do the physio albeit taking a break when the reaction to it appears to be detrimental.

The pain that I had with a particular movement before the operation has gone so that is one positive.

Mar 06, 2014
Post arthroscopy NEW
by: Anonymous

Had subacromial decompression 3.5 months ago.
I have been told that progress will be slow so whilst it is frustrating not to be able to do ones normal sporting activities it shouldn't be a surprise to anyone that it takes so long to fully recover as NHS direct website states that it can take 6 months or more to recover and indeed up to a year to be 2 back to normal."

I too feel at times that I wont get better but am tring to stay positive and do the physio albeit taking a break when the reaction to it appears to be detrimental.

The pain that I had with a particular movement before the operation has gone so that is one positive.

Jul 05, 2014
SAD 7 days ago NEW
by: Anonymous

I had a SAD a 7 days ago. Day 1 shoulder stiff and could not move it much. 2 got rid of sling, started doing physio, 8 time daily. 3. No pain relief, went back to the gym and went on spinning bike.4. Nearly full range of movement back in shoulder 6. Spinning class and circuits class, seen physio say he can't believe how well I'm doing! 7. Combat class spinning class full range of movement back!

Aug 14, 2014
Bad move NEW
by: Anonymous

Had AC Joint decompression 6/30. Now 8/14 and impingement pain is about 5x worse than it was preop. Soft tissue trauma was healed within 2 weeks, scarring minimal - 3 1cm incisions, 2 sutures each. Looked like someone stabbed me 3 imes with a screwdriver, nothing more. I'm 100% (and so is my attorney) that my discomfort and worsening of the situation is surgeon incompetence and not the procedure itself.

Oct 31, 2014
What a pain NEW
by: Mike

Had SAD done to both shoulders within 6 months.
Dr said rehab and back to 85 percent in 6-8 weeks.
That's great news !! I read that's to return to normal activities and could be months before can return back to sports activities.
So with that all said. I have a very physical job. Lifting and carrying heavy objects, pushing heaving objects, pulling heavy objects the list goes on. I'm a UPS driver. Very physical job that can take a toll on you physically. I'm in good shape....
Am I looking more than 8 weeks to be back where I should be??

Oct 31, 2014
What a pain NEW
by: Mike

Had SAD done to both shoulders within 6 months.
Dr said rehab and back to 85 percent in 6-8 weeks.
That's great news !! I read that's to return to normal activities and could be months before can return back to sports activities.
So with that all said. I have a very physical job. Lifting and carrying heavy objects, pushing heaving objects, pulling heavy objects the list goes on. I'm a UPS driver. Very physical job that can take a toll on you physically. I'm in good shape....
Am I looking more than 8 weeks to be back where I should be??

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