Torn Labrum- getting surgery next week


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Hey TT,

I'm getting surgery next tuesday for a torn labrum. I'm wondering what to do to best prepare for it, as well as a timeline of the recovery.

Also, I know i'm supposed to be in a sling for 6 weeks. Does this mean I can't write? If so, i'l need to talk to the school about getting a scribe or something.

Surgery is May 17th, Exams are June 13-17.



I had a major labrum tear (it was pretty much a hole), plus a titanium joint replacement surgery. They also needed to repair a torn ligament and a broken tendom.

Even then, I was only in a sling for two weeks. After those 15 days, they took off the stiches. After that, the sling was optional. There was still some pain and discomfort, but after two weeks, I was writing and typing pretty normally.

Rehab and physiotherapy lasted around 9 months. Actual recovery time? Around 4 or 5 months.

If anything, thats my own experience. Hope it helps :)


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Sorry to hear about your surgery. As someone who went through it, I can attest that it is not easy. There are a lot of threads here with tons of experiences and information. Do a search for shoulder surgery or torn labrum.

Also, is a good resource. There is a forum there specific to this and you'll find lots of experiences.

Biggest advice I can give is to try not to compare yourself too much to others as cases will vary. Listen to your doctor. Do exactly what your PT says, work hard, an be patient. Sounds like you're young if you have exams coming up. That's good, you may heal faster, but be patient so you can heal as completely as possible and enjoy the rest of your life.

Good luck!


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Thanks guys, I appreciate it!
Oh, and more specific to your question, you should be able to write a few weeks after surgery. I was in a sling for 6 weeks, but after two weeks was allowed to come out of it a few hours a day and work at the computer. Doctor just didn't want me to raise my elbow out to the side of my body. Ask your doctor about specifics, though. Good luck!