Rotator cuff injury, surgery, and recovery!
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The Injury! On January 9, 2012, as I stepped out my garage to apply salt to my slippery driveway, I slipped on clear ice, fell on my entire left side, and severely injured my left arm and shoulder!
I made an expedited appointment with Dr. Mat Saffarian, my sport medicine doctor, who oversees the management of my musculoskeletal injuries. He ordered an STAT x-ray that ruled out any fractures. However, given that my symptoms were pointing at the possibility of rotator cuff injury, that is a soft tissue injury, he scheduled me for an MRI of the shoulder within the next few weeks. Why ‘within the next few weeks’? Firstly, to allow the acute phase of my injury to subside, and secondly, because management of rotator cuff injuries, more or less, fall under the auspices of elective procedures!
As the widespread ecchymoses (bruises) and pain over my entire left arm, and forearm gradually receded, the gravity of my rotator cuff injury progressively started to settle in!
The day of reckoning! The day that I went to the radiology center of Michigan State University for the MRI of my shoulder!
At around 10:00 to 10:30 AM, Dr. Mat Saffarian amidst his vacation in Bahamas, called me to break the saddening news of my terrible multiple rotator cuff tears, and to discuss what to do next… including setting an expedited appointment with an orthopedic surgeon to oversee management of my injury hereafter. Dr. Saffarian’s teleconference was followed by several back-to-back text messages, and within a few hours, not only he helped to systematically identify my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Michael Shingles, his office personnel secured my expedited first appointment with him. Just think about it… your sport medical doctor while vacationing in the paradise, calling you on his cell phone and managing all major steps of your case from abroad! Dr. Saffarian; if I haven’t told you how much I appreciate what you’ve done for me and my sport-related injuries… now you have it in writing!
February 3: Rotator Cuff Injury and Conquest of Longevity!
Rotator Cuff Tear!
Dr. E, Up Close and Personal!
Life without my intact left rotator cuff tendons!
What did happen on February 9?
Rotator Cuff Tears: Arthroscopic versus Open Surgical Repairs!
Dr. E’s Pick-du-Week Videos: The ART of ARThroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair!
Life after severe rotator cuff tear surgery during your golden years!
Dr. E’s Pick-du-Week Mini-Videos: Regarding Shoulder and Rotator Cuff Injuries
Open Rotator Cuff Surgery
Rotator Cuff Awareness Months
Finally… tomorrow… February 24, is the day!
Anticipations, Adaptations, and Modifications!
My Rotator Cuff Surgery: Up Close & Personal!
“Necessity is the mother of invention: how to open your child-resistant medicine pill bottles?
Terrible Rotator Cuff Tetrad
Did I miss the sign?
Time and the conquest of longevity
Milestones of My Rotator Cuff Injury!
Gas price and my rotator cuff injury!