A Naples-area senior player is facing shoulder surgery and is looking for helpful information on his options. His story is below…
What To Do?
“I hurt my shoulder in April, while playing tennis with Matt Davie’s group. I have had two prior rotator cuff surgeries. The doctors I have contacted say they believe the operation of choice is a Reverse Total Shoulder Replacement.
I am looking for any tennis players who have had this operation, or may know someone who has had this procedure. This is a fairly new operation and I’ve had trouble gathering information concerning the post-operative results and whether tennis players are able to get back to the sport.
If anyone has any information, please share it here or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 785-806-5501.
Thanks. John Corn”
According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgery, A conventional shoulder replacement device mimics the normal anatomy of the shoulder: a plastic “cup” is fitted into the shoulder socket (glenoid), and a metal “ball” is attached to the top of the upper arm bone (humerus). In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched. The metal ball is fixed to the socket and the plastic cup is fixed to the upper end of the humerus.
Anyone have experience with this problem or new solution?
Larry Turville is in North Carolina and says his “recovery is going well; but is struggling to put weight back on” (not a problem I have!).
Bob Dilworth, who had his first hip surgery (with my same surgeon) before me, but suffered broken bone complications, just got clearance to start walking again – and hopes to be back on the court this fall.
My hip recovery is at about 75% and played my first doubles match today (up in New Hampshire with Bob Wilkie, Jim Nichol, and Nick Ourusoff). I am not as mobile yet as I used to be; but better than I was before the surgery!
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