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What is the average recovery time of an AC joint surgery?

What is the average recovery time of an AC joint surgery?

Depends...: Depending upon the severity of the injury, the skill of the sugeon, and the overall health of your body in general I would say 6-12 weeks. ...Read more

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How painful is the recovery for AC joint surgery?

How painful is the recovery for AC joint surgery?

Depends...: Ac joint resection is an arthroscopic procedure, typically done for ac pain. Recovery is fairly quick, typically less than 3 months. Reconstruction of the ac joint is done for separation. It requires ligament healing, prolonged sling wear (6 weeks), and pt. Full recovery typically 6 months or more. For both, most pain in 1st week or so requires oral narcotic. After this, pain med use is episodic. ...Read more

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What all happens in shoulder-ac joint surgery?

What all happens in shoulder-ac joint surgery?

AC joint surgery: In ac joint surgery the clavicle is secured to the coracoid process of the scapula to decrease the separation of the ac joint. A graft is frequently used to reconstruct the torn coracoclavicular ligaments. ...Read more

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How long is the recovery for foot joint surgery?

How long is the recovery for foot joint surgery?

Varies: Most of the healing occurs with in the first 6-8 weeks. Complete healing usually takes 8-12 months. Healing times are procedure dependent. ...Read more

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How do you know when surgery is needed for a widening AC joint, I have had the pain for about 4/5 months now. Thanks?

How do you know when surgery is needed for a widening AC joint, I have had the pain for about 4/5 months now. Thanks?

Fix pain/instability: Mere widening of your ac (acromioclavicular) joint is not an indication for surgery. Pain from arthritis or osteolysis can cause joint space widening or narrowing and lead to surgery. Trauma or injury can generate instability and widening too (usually with prominence of the end of the clavicle) that can lead to ac joint reconstruction. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from grade 3 AC joint seperation surgery?

How long does it take to recover from grade 3 AC joint seperation surgery?

AC SEPARATION: Typically, an AC JOINT separation can be treated conservatively when it is only a type 2 or 3. Treatment consists of therapy to regain motion after a short period in a sling. If pain persists or you have pain with activities then sometimes surgical intervention is warranted. Consult an Orthopaedic surgeon for a complete work up. Hope this information is helpful. Take care. Wilsonshoulder.com ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with arthrosis of the AC joint at 27 and cannot afford an excision. How can I manage the pain without surgery?

I have been diagnosed with arthrosis of the AC joint at 27 and cannot afford an excision. How can I manage the pain without surgery?

Steroid injection : The pain and inflammation can often be effectively managed by AC steroid injection every 3-6 months. The Perioperative morbidity from a straightforward arthroscopic AC joint excision is quite low. The "down time" can be very short. After a week or so of "soft tissue rest," you will likely be able to advance as tolerated with motion and strength if surgery becomes indicated. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about AC joint shoulder surgery on the side with lymphedema?

Can you tell me about AC joint shoulder surgery on the side with lymphedema?

Should be ok: Much depend on how long you have had the lymphedema. Better if is chronic than acute. What stage the lymphedema is 1-4. Lower is better. How well it is managed around the surgery with compression, massage etc. If all these things are optimized if should be ok. ...Read more

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Could I get surgery on my shoulder at the AC joint as the top joining bone is rasied up and causes abit of pain while in use?

How Long?: If you haven't had this pain very long and haven't suffered any significant injury, it may be a strain of your ac joint (where the collarbone meets the shoulder blade). Often avoiding activities that cause the pain for a while will result in improvement. If you have had pain and trouble for some time, I would recommend you see a shoulder specialist. ...Read more

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Recurring Osteoarthosis of AC joint after Arthroscopic surgery. I had an injection this morning. I'm sore & in pain all around a shoulder. Suggetions?

Recurring Osteoarthosis of AC joint after Arthroscopic surgery. I had an injection this morning. I'm sore & in pain all around a shoulder. Suggetions?

AC jt arthritis: Unless you are a competitive athlete of a heavy laborer the AC joint can be removed with relative impunity. The cortisone shot usual takes a couple days to work. Rarely. You can be allergic to the material in the shot but that will pass too. Let you doc known. ...Read more

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I have a grade 3-5 AC joint separation, I'm 8 weeks post-injury. My clavicle pops out of place when I'm physicaly active, would you recommend surgery?

I have a grade 3-5 AC joint separation, I'm 8 weeks post-injury. My clavicle pops out of place when I'm physicaly active, would you recommend surgery?

Possibly.: It may be reasonable, at this point, to consider surgical repair, especially if the clavicle is hypermobile and giving you symptoms. ...Read more

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Distal end of clavicle fracture and slight dislocation of AC joint after falling down from stairs now on sling. Will it heal without surgery?

Distal end of clavicle fracture and slight dislocation of AC joint after falling down from stairs now on sling. Will it heal without surgery?

Varies: Varies somewhat based upon the degree if displacement. Most clavicle fractures do well with nonoperative care, and most are in the middle third of the clavicle. But the one type we do have to fix sometimes is badly displaced lateral clavicle fractures that involves the AC joint. I would discuss with your md ...Read more

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Are there orthopdic surgeons that specialize in joint surgery?

Are there orthopdic surgeons that specialize in joint surgery?

Yes: Orthopedics like many other specialties has subspecialities. There are orthopedic surgeons that specialize in joint surgery. You're referring physician may be able to help direct you. ...Read more

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