Two days post-op

Hi all. Wednesday’s surgery on the left shoulder seems to have gone well.

I didn’t see the doctor afterward, but the photos and reports indicate:

– He removed lots of small, loose objects.

– He removed a few big bone fragments. I think The Wife has one in her purse. Gotta get that thing and glue it to my stem.

– He cleaned up the labrum. That guy was repaired in 2002.

– He ground a big bone spur off the humerus. The photo is gruesome!

– There is plenty of bone-on-bone action. I suppose that has long-term ramifications.

I’m off the pain meds, and — while the shoulder is bandaged, sore and limited — it hurts less than it did before the surgery. I guess that’s a good sign!

Range of motion is being regained, and I see the doc in about a week. I’ll keep you posted.

Bonus: James Wilson is designing a program to keep me training around the bad shoulders, and to help me enter next summer as strong as possible. I’ll keep you posted on that too.

Be kind to yourselves!

— Lee

10 replies
  1. Paul Fid says:

    Did they give you a “nerve block”? Best thing ever, but totally weird not being able to move or feel your arm, hand & fingers for 12+ hours afterward. Get well soon. -Paul

  2. leelikesbikes says:

    Thanks guys.

    No nerve block. They gave me general anesthesia plus some strong local love.

    I guess they use the nerve block when they don’t do general? The Wife wanted that when they did her ACL, but the doctor was adamant: “You don’t want to be aware of what we’re doing.”

  3. Paul Fid says:

    I had general, and they used the nerve block. They repaired both the front and back of my shoulder. Must depend on the doctor and the repair. 5 weeks after my surgery and feeling great. Looking forward to read about your rehab and exercise program. -Paul

  4. Jeff says:

    I wanna see a pic of the bone fragment that’s in your wife’s purse. SICK! How large is it?

    Heal well and fast!


  5. leelikesbikes says:

    Dude, it is GNARLY!!! It must be more than a centimeter long. It is so disconcerting to think of what it was doing, how it got there, what was left behind …

    But — heck yeah — I’ll post a photo!!!

  6. Lor says:

    Heal fast, gain strength, and enjoy the holiday season.

    Lor Riihimaki
    INCYCLE dh team guy
    Friend of Jason Simpson

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