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Jul 17, 2014
Josh I am sorry you are having a bad time with surgery. I hope there is recourse but whats done is done and for now keep a killer mindset. bring yourself back.
I am about 4 weeks out of surgery. After 9 months of increasing pain I had the end of my collarbone excised and while in there one of the rotator muscles had to be sewn, so along with two anchors and the removal of my bursa AND unwelcome arthritis I was sent on my way. I was given the nerve block for my right arm and was told that it can take upwards of a month to regrow nerve endings just an inch, so be patient. PT started 6 days later and I am about to start strengthening. all good so far and I am optimistic. Almost 100% ROM and limited pain. No complaints only that I didn't have it earlier.
Be strict with PT. I do it 3 times a day and never more than they tell me to do. Its a dangerous time for me when I can be active since I tend to push being heads up after the pain is minimal is optimal.
Total recovery is at 9 months but I feel like it will be sooner.
Patrick Sundahl
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Jul 21, 2014
Hi Josh. Like the poster before me said, done is done. Your new point of departure is where you are right now. If you have recourse for any wrong-doing, pursue it. But don't let that process bog you down in your march to full recovery. Good luck, and keep us posted on your progress.

I'm new to the board but I want to thank all who post here for sharing their stories. I separated my shoulder in May, type 3, and it still feels really unstable. I'm considering surgery and I have benefited from all the insights provided here.
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Jul 22, 2014
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Six and a half weeks from the surgery. I just washed my right armpit for the first time since the accident. Oh the joy! PT is a godsend. Evan Riley
From San Francisco, CA
Joined Jun 16, 2009
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Aug 1, 2014
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8 weeks post surgery. I lifted my arm over my head! Veeeeerrrryyyyy slowly.....

A still broken wrist on that arm is slowing the rehab though.
Evan Riley
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Sep 12, 2014
Evan- How is your recovery coming along now?

I had a similar surgery to yours I'm about 5 1/2 weeks out. I've been doing PT to get back ROM and light strengthening. My shoulder feels super week still, seems like it's a long road to recovery.
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Sep 13, 2014
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Well its been 12 weeks since the surgery. The shoulder has healed nicely. I can move my arm freely without any pain expect for when I cross over my chest and grab my other arm, there is still a little pain. I still cannot sleep on my left side. I used the resistance band to strengthen for 2 weeks and then added 5lb weights to my workout. Its still weak but making progress. I was able to swim laps in the pool the other day so was stoked about that. I am able to move my wrist and fingers again but still not back to normal. I notice small changes over 2-3 week periods so yes its taking a long time for the nerves to heal in my arm but they are slowly healing. I just hope I make a full recovery. Overall I am happy with the shoulder surgery other than the fact that my wrist is fucked but I guess there is always a risk when going under the knife. The scar is not bad and definitely looks better than that big ass deformity that was there. I am still out of work but maybe can get back to it in another 2 weeks or so.
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May 12, 2015
I had an AC joint separation class 2 about 2 years ago. 6 months after I was ok and starting climbing again.

But now it's back with a vengeance, I have some impingement in my shoulder which grinds the rotator cuff over time. Also I'm in pain most of the time and get weird nerve pinches that sends pain all the way to my thumb.

The doctors I keep seeing all assure me my current problems have nothing to do with my original AC tear and that I should stick with doing more and more PT. I wish I had done surgery when it happened, I feel like I would be in a different place today.
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