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Author Topic: I just had distal clavicle resection surgery (AC joint excision) on Monday May 7  (Read 9310 times)
Jimmy L
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« on: May 29, 2007, 12:33:27 AM »

First off, I just want to introduce myself. My name is Jim and I'm happy to be part of this forum. I have been looking at this website for a while now but I just recently joined and am ready to start posting.

I'm 27 years old. I'm 6' 245 wth alot of body fat. I am a former amateur boxer (not that good, record was only 2-2). On May 7, 2007 I had a distal clavicle resection on my right shoulder where my doc removed 12 mm of my AC joint. I also had arthroscopic exploratory surgery on that shoulder where, in addition to doing the distal clavicle resection, they removed a bone spur near the acromion and scar tissue near the AC joint. I had no arthritis of the AC joint but my doc felt it was necessary to do the distal clavicle resection so if scar tissue were to reform or a bone spur were to develop it wouldn't aggravate the AC joint. So that's why he did the procedure.

One week later my doc removed my steristrips and took a post op xray and said the xray looked good. He said the xray looked good because the resection was straight, there was no bone left behind, and he was happy with the amount of resection. He had me start PT last week where they work on my range of motion. He said it will take 3 months after surgery (2 months from now) before I can return to weightlifting and boxing training. He said in that 3 months (2 months from now) scar tissue will form where the excised portion of the AC joint once was, the raw bone where he cut the clavicle will be healed, and the post surgery inflammation will be gone in that time.

I'm 3 weeks post op and it kills whenever I do a front dumbbell raise MOTION (not even the lift, just the MOTION kills). It also hurts to do a pec deck fly MOTION (again, not even the lift, just the MOTION kills). I also couldn't use the shoulder right now to throw a punch if I had to. My PT says my range of motion is great but that I should keep icing and taking Motrin ofr the next 4 weeks to get rid of any inflammation.

I'm very concerned that my doc may have botched the surgery but he swears he didn't and said I could take my post op xray to any doc in the nation and they would agree that the surgery wasn't botched. He said 3 weeks is very early for a distal clavicle resection and he says he has done these in the past and his patients ALL returned to pain free weightlifting and sports.

Is there anybody here who has had this surgery and can tell me what I'm in store for? Will I ever be able to lift weights again? Will I ever be able to box again? I have alot of discomfort since the surgery especially when I use the shoulder to do certain motions. It also hurts to sleep on that side. How long until the discomfort goes away? Will the discomfort EVER go away? Can anyone who has had this surgery give me a relative timeline for recovery and rehab? Also, why does it kill if I try to do certain motions with the shoulder? Like a front dumbbell raise MOTION (not even the lift, just the MOTION kills) or a pec deck fly MOTION (again, not even the lift, just the MOTION kills). Why is that? Has anyone here who has had this surgery had discomfort when doing those motions at 3 weeks post surgery?

If anyone who has had this surgery or is familiar with this surgery can please help me I would greatly appreciate it. Thanks fellas. I'm glad to be part of this forum.
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Jimmy L
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« Reply #1 on: June 03, 2007, 10:16:30 AM »

I apologize for sounding pushy, but NO ONE here has ever had a distal clavicle resection?

I really could use the help fellas, so if anyone wants to share their 'distal clavicle resection experiences', it would be much appreciated.

Also, have any of you fellas who have had this surgery ever trained in boxing or MMA after your surgery? Basically what I'm asking is, will I ever be able to throw a punch again pain free? Will I ever be able to train in boxing again? That means throwing lots and lots of punches on a 150 lbs. heavybag 5 days a week. Will I ever be able to do that again? If my surgery was on May 7, 2007, what month will I be able to go back to full speed ahead-no holding back-balls to the wall boxing training?
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Dr. D
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« Reply #2 on: June 11, 2007, 07:42:29 AM »

I replied to your post in the Nutrition it is again:

Distal clavicle problems come in two common varieties: A) clavicular
osteolysis and B) distal clavicle osteoarthritic changes. Neither are
responsive to any "quick fix" approaches! These are chronic problems
from repetitive abuse in most cases.
    Shoulder Bursistis problems are usually associated with a forward rotation of the gleno-humeral
joint due to much muscle imbalance between the anterior and posterior shoulder girdle,
with short and tight pec minor and subscapularis, along with
weakened and long scapulo-thoracic musculature. In other words a
rounded shoulder and or increased kyphosis. You will need to have
your posture and muscle balance assessed, and will most likely need
to stretch the anterior muscles and strengthen the posterior
supporting muscles.
   You will likely find that you have a lot of mobilization work
to do in the T spine, very possibly the L3/4, 4/5, L5/S1 segments.The liver and lungs reflex to the shoulders as well.

   As for Glucosamine, I would lay off that because it's synthetic and just try to bring down the inflammation with increased Omega-3's. I also reccommend Garden of Life's " F.Y.I." which works wonders.
  You need to lay off Pro-Inflammatory foods like Bread, pasta, grains red meat, processed foods, oxalate foods (spinach, rubarb,strawberries, nuts, chocolate, beef, soy..., tomatoes, juices (all), coffee,and processed oils.
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Getbig I
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« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2007, 02:00:43 PM »

bro, i dont no what your doc told you bout recovery time but i had a similar procedure done and it was 2 months before i could even move my shoulder let alone do a front raise! im only just starting to exercise it now with very light weight and its been 6 months since my op. really you cant rush the process, waiting an extra few weeks now could be the difference between being able to work out again or having a fuked shulder for life!

I no its real frustrating, Ive lost over 13 kg of muscle since the op but the fact is that really you dont have a choice, u have to be healthy before worrying bout lifting
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« Reply #4 on: July 16, 2007, 03:23:32 PM »

check out this thread
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