Here's my experience in excruciating detail :During surgery they tie your arm to a board for stability due to all the things that go into it. This affected my neck and shoulders quite severely. I told the surgeon during rounds and he explained why it hurt. He ordered a physical therapist to come, assess me and prescribe some therapy. He also ordered a heating pad (real fancy with a water bath). She gave me some exercises and some good advice. She came in every day to see how I was doing and make sure the therapy was effective. I still hurt for a few months in the shoulder and neck, but the exercises really helped as did the heating pad.
Oh man, that’s bad news. Sorry to hear there’s nothing they can doJust seen this thread and issues with left shoulder.
I have a "shoulder injury" as a result of my AVR surgery, but the fact that it was caused by surgery was not discovered until last year, five years after surgery. I had a lot of left shoulder pain which got worse over time following surgery. Things were blamed on a tendon tear and on poor posture but nothing helped and it got worse, especially got worse with phsyiotherapy. I then started to get a tingling feeling and pain all down my left arm. I had also been having sternum pain on and off following surgery so last year I had an MRI of my sternum. That showed that I had an effusion and degenerative changes in the left sternoclavicular joint. The right sternoclavicular joint was fine. Degenerative changes in the sternoclavicular joints don’t happen until very old age, older than I was. And problems with the sternoclavicular joint cause referred pain to the shoulder ! A referral to a pain specialist and my rheumatologist confirmed that this problem with the sternoclavicular joint would have resulted from forcing apart the sternum during surgery. There isn’t any treatment - I was advised not to carry or left heavy weights - something I enjoy doing which is a bummer. I’m very careful now not to aggravate the joint and so manage the shoulder pain.
Well they could do surgery on the joint but it has a high failure rate for success, or they could give a steroid injection in the joint but that only gives temporary relief - I can't imagine a joint injection in the sternoclavicular joint, it's a tight joint with very little space, it's where the clavicle joins the sternum. The best thing is to avoid aggravating the joint by avoiding lifting or carrying heavy weights....and I used to enjoy lifting heavy weights.Oh man, that’s bad news. Sorry to hear there’s nothing they can do
Ask the nurse, I wouldn't mess with anything so close to having had surgery.there is a gauze over the wound where they took out the drainers from. I’m having the stitches from the drainers removed this Thursday. Can I remove the gauze in the interim? It’s been on for 4 days now and it’s starting to itch