torn rotator cuff and labrum


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Jan 16, 2012 - 04:09pm PT
Probably did it to myself, finished 6 months of chemo and decided to rebuild myself and regain my strength, working out like I was 30, and I'm far from it. At least I'm still around to get more aches and pains.

b/t my partner & I, we've had 2 torn labrums & a rotator cuff... My partner's rotator cuff was proll torn after a long stint on rheumatology drugs (many are chemo drugs) & then climbing as if nothing had changed... so you're mot alone ; P

Social climber
Jan 16, 2012 - 05:56pm PT
hey there say, susan... oh my.... heard you spoke of this,... :(
will be rooting and praying for you...

hugs and god blesss... keep up the good spirit, and keep
a smile for the future... you will be enjoying the greatoutdoors soon,
again... :)


Trad climber
Santa Cruz
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 31, 2012 - 06:52pm PT
Tomorrow going under the knife or whatever it is they do with arthroscopic surgery. Anxiety a little up. I get really squicked when thinking about general anesthesia . I think it's a control thing...can't stand not being in control. Plus I hate the whole elective surgery thing...where you walk in feeling reasonably ok and get wheeled out like you've been thrown under the bus.

Oh well....looking forward to a rehab and then climbing down at the Gordon bash.

ron gomez

Trad climber
Jan 31, 2012 - 06:55pm PT
So Susan....ask the anesthesiologist to drip really slow!! It's a blast to go under slowly, you get really stupid for a while, start talking really dumb stuff and thinking it's funny, you feel the cold start in yer feet and work its way up yer body, then you drift off into a GUD sleep! Good luck and do yer rehab after!!!!

Jan 31, 2012 - 07:00pm PT

After what you have been through recently, fear not tomorrow's procedure. You'll do fine.

I wish you great luck, but I'll pray for your surgeon.

Let us know how it goes.

Wishing you the absolute best,
east side underground

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Hilton crk,ca
Jan 31, 2012 - 07:56pm PT
I had a torn rotator cuff repaired with a "bristo" procedure which placed a permenate screw in my left shoulder. Took about nine months recovery. I first blew it out skiing, and after many, many, painful sublexations the last straw was climbing the handbook with yerian ,pulling out a piece of pro it popped so loud he heard it at the belay. Went in for surgery after that. After twenty-six years the repair is bommer.
scuffy b

heading slowly NNW
Jan 31, 2012 - 08:25pm PT
Best wishes for tomorrow, Susan.
You'll pull it off well, I feel.

Trad climber
Jan 31, 2012 - 08:27pm PT
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Social climber
Wolf City, Wyoming
Jan 31, 2012 - 08:50pm PT
By this time tomorrow, that ferretlegger will be spoon feeding you ice cream!

Jan 31, 2012 - 09:20pm PT
FWIW, ~4 days after (SLAP repair) surgery, I cried like a baby b/c the shoulder, after minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery, felt like it was gonna be mega gimp forever & would never let me climb again. It felt disproportionately horrible... 4 months later I clipped bolts at the 1st sushifest.

What I'm trying to say is that your shoulder may feel horrible & unclimbable in that 1st week after surgery... don't draw any conclusions from how it feels in the 1st few weeks.
Stewart Johnson

lake forest
Jan 31, 2012 - 09:59pm PT
i had the full treatment, and waited seven days to start p.t. then
frozen shoulder, man it was tight.
i had a aggro p.t. twice a week and nordic skiing four times a week,
i was climbing after four its bomber.

Social climber
Jan 31, 2012 - 10:40pm PT
hey there susan.... stopped by too,to let you know, i'm praying too...
we're all in your corner...


soon as you can, let us know how it went...

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Feb 1, 2012 - 12:04am PT

Hope everything goes okay tomorrow, Susan.
You'll be up & at 'em in no time!!!!!

Trad climber
Denver, CO
Feb 1, 2012 - 12:08am PT
I had Stage 1 (least bad kind) labrum detachment and a 10% tear in a rotator cuff tendon. Had surgery for it 9/7/2006.

The first 3 or 4 days after surgery sucked really bad. Vicodin sucks, and it didn't do enough for the pain. A doctor friend of my family's told me it was fine to smoke weed, and that actually helped a lot. Other than occasionally forgetting and pulling on a doorknob or something with my hurt arm, it was generally not that bad after the first 2 weeks.

It was three months before I could climb, another month before I was allowed to push it. The shoulder is good as new and has never given me a problem since.

Tho, the injury ended up drastically reducing my climbing anyway. I was allowed to ride my road bike after only 1 month, so I started doing that more, got sucked in, and had a lot less time to climb.

Trad climber
Brea ca.
Feb 1, 2012 - 12:11am PT
Best wishes for a speedy recovery, hopefully the shoulder is nothing after fighting the big C...

Trad climber
Douglas, WY
Feb 1, 2012 - 12:25am PT
Thoughts and prayers are with you!


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chica de chico, I don't claim to be a daisy.
Feb 1, 2012 - 12:46am PT
Miss Susan, Hey, what time do you go in for surgery ?

We will be thinking about you, and sending positive thoughts your way...
Best wishes for a full speedy your P.T. and eat your veggies, so you will get strong.

take care...

ps, Hey, Ferretlegger ..Please give *Miss Susan a kiss and a hug for me...Thanks..
and take care of yourself, too.


Trad climber
san Jose, CA
Feb 1, 2012 - 05:41pm PT
Hi all,
Susan made it through the surgery in fine shape. It was faster than anticipated (50 min). We will have a better picture of what was going on in there in a few days after we have a real chat with the doctor, but he showed me pictures (maybe Susan will post them...) of a torn labrum and rotator cuff and a big loose hunk of crap (cartilage I think). I believe the damage was not as bad as first thought, but it was significant so it is good she had surgery.

We will know more soon. I will pass along all the good wishes. She is currently sleeping, but in a couple of hours I get to drag her ass downstairs and strap her into the passive motion torture device for a few hours of having her shoulder moved around.

Thanks for all the good vibes!


Trad climber
Feb 1, 2012 - 05:58pm PT
hey Michael thanks for the update, and very happy things went well!


Trad climber
Nevada City, CA
Feb 1, 2012 - 05:59pm PT
Get well soon!
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