08/18/12 Shoulder Surgery

Thursday I visited Doctor Sameer Nagda, of the Anderson Orthopedic Clinic.  Anderson Orthopedic is primarily known for their knee, and hip replacement surgery, they are in fact world renowned for those two procedures.  Over the years they have served as a training ground for many prominent orthopedic surgeons, a visit to their offices and it doesn’t take long to understand the health of their practice.  There is a constant buzz of patients, telephones, nurses, physician’s assistants, practicing Doctors, and the many fellows working through their orthopedic apprenticeship.  It’s interesting because even with the shear volume of people, the process is efficient, without feeling like you are being sent through a cutters mill.      

Doctor Nagda is the resident shoulder specialist, from what I can tell he’s been with the group about 3 years, and is a transplant from the West Coast.  In California he was a team Doctor for the Lakers, and the Dodgers, and has worked in the same capacity for other sports like beach volleyball.  Here in DC, he is an advisor to the Nationals, and a Team Doctor for a couple of Georgetown University’s sports teams.

The guy is careful, thorough, and understands the specific needs of athletes, everything about his consultation told me that he understood that one, I don’t like being hurt, two I want if fixed, and three I want to be back at what I do as soon as possible.  After an MRI, he has concluded the following about my shoulder, I have two tears in my labrum, I have a tear in my rotator cuff, and I have arthritis in my AC joint. 

I have a tear at the top and bottom of the Labrum.


I also have a tear on my rotator cuff, the are that connects my shoulder to my bicep, that just sounds awesome.

I was told that the tears are small, and on their own individually, I could probably recover through physical therapy, yet the three tears together along with the AC joint and surgery is probably going to be my best option.  He recommended physical therapy for the next three weeks to see if I have any improvement, but he said that in all likelihood I would need surgery.

He also said because I was already shot up with cortisone that he wouldn’t give me anymore because I’m still a young guy, and too many doses of cortisone wasn’t good for me, while at the same time masking the pain isn’t necessarily a good thing because I may end hurting myself more. 

Recovery time is expected be between 6 and 9 months, with 6-8 weeks in a sling.  I see in my near future lots of physical therapy, lots of squats, and lots of stationary biking.  I won’t be able to run or do anything dynamic for a while as well, which is going to make me a nut case. 

I have a consultation with a plastic surgeon the first week in September, and I’m going to find out if I am a candidate for skin reduction, if I am, I want to find out if I can have the two procedures close to one another because recovering twice from surgery sucks more than having to do it only once. 

Why I have to wear compression shirts:


7 responses on “08/18/12 Shoulder Surgery

  1. Wendy W

    Louis – good luck with the surgery. Completely feel you on the health thing. I’m personally just NOW getting back to some semblance of “healthy”. Lots of bodyweight stuff – along with quality time at the PT and Drs offices. Missing the PCF folks a lot. Stay strong – you’ve got this 🙂

  2. Alison

    (Hi Wendy!!)
    Hey Louis! I’m really sorry to hear about the probability of surgery, but you’ve gotta know there are tons of athletes from PCF and elsewhere who have successfully, and relatively quickly, recovered from shoulder surgeries. You will be back at it before you know it, better than ever.
    In the meantime, focus on what you can do, not what you can’t. Full stop. When you find yourself deviating, dig for some mental willpower and stay positive. Still rooting for you up here!

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