Will I miss work after shoulder scope and decompression

by Don
(Manitoba, Canada)

I am scheduled for a shoulder scope and decompression on May 9th 2008. The surgery is on Friday and I have work on Monday. I am a high school teacher. Can I expect to miss any work after the surgery??


My shoulder has been giving my grief since July of 2004. I first saw my surgeon in Feb. 2005 at which time I was put on a surgical wait list. I finally have my surgical date for May 9, 2008.

Since August of 2006 my wrist on the same side as my injured shoulder has now been affecting my life. I don't recall injuring either my shoulder or my wrist.

I have had cortisone injections in my shoulder approx. 9 times with three injections each time over the past 3 years. I have had cortisone injections in my wrist approx.5 times with 2 injections each time over the past 1.5 years.

My doctor has not allowed any more injections since Aug. of 2007. My shoulder and wrist pain is getting worse by the week, especially at night. I have a great deal of trouble sleeping along with any physical activity.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

I live in Manitoba, Canada.

Thank you.

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Mar 26, 2008
Everyone is different...
by: Bart - SII

Whether you will feel like working 3 days after surgery will be dependent upon a lot of different things.

How you respond to the surgery, the anesthesia, the pain medications, etc will all determine if you will feel well enough for teaching. I would discuss this with your surgeon if you have specific questions and see what they recommend....

As far as the patients that I see, most could return to a desk type job in 3-4 days, but usually they return a week or so later.

The first 3 days after surgery are usually the worst. It takes some time to get over the general anesthesia, and to recover from the procedure itself.

I tell my patients to plan on taking several days off, and then they can return earlier once they see how they respond to the procedure. But again, everyone is different in how long it takes for them to feel up to working.

Regarding your wrist - this pain could be related to your shoulder problems - shoulder dysfunction can definitely cause problems with the elbow and/or wrist.

The cortisone injections will usually help with treating your pain and symptoms, however, they don't address the underlying cause of the problems, so they are not a good long term solution.

Hopefully your surgery will alleviate the cause of your pain and you will be able to recover fully. My best advice is to make sure that you go through some type of rehabilitation after surgery to help restore your range of motion, strength, and shoulder function. Rehab is essential, especially since you have been dealing with this for several years.

I hope this helps - feel free to comment back with other questions - and keep me posted on how you progress

Mar 26, 2008
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by: Don

Thanks for the info Bart. I am looking forward to getting the surgery and getting on with rehab. I am very frustrated with the length of time it has taken in order to get something done. I have 3 kids 8, 10 and 12 whom I coach all of their activities. Hockey, Baseball, Golf, Volleyball, Basketball. I am an avid golfer myself and am not looking forward to not being able to play this summer. I hope that my wrist issue will get some attention soon so that I can get rehabilitated prior to the spring of 09. My handicap has gone from a respectable 4 to a miserable 10. I am getting an mri on my left wrist this Friday. Initial x-rays has shown an un-natural gap between the scaphoid and lunate. The doctor suspects that I have torn more than one ligament and that surgery may be needed in order to repair that problem. Does that seem like a reasonable initial diagnosis....??

thnanks again.

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