Erika Mitchell – Rotator Cuff Repair Surgery

Dr. Boyd Haynes performed rotator cuff surgery on the 15th of January 2015, in order to repair a 2 x 2 cm tear and while repairing the tendon, also removed bone spurs that had formed in the shoulder. The surgery was performed on an outpatient basis. I had been told by other patients that it was a very painful surgery and that the recovery would be some six months or more. One individual actually said that it was more painful and a longer recovery than that of their open heart surgery. I didn’t find it that painful. I stopped taking the pain medication after the third day. I wore the arm sling for the first two weeks religiously to preclude any unintentional strain on the shoulder. I had five weeks of physical therapy and continued some exercises at home after that. I found the therapy to be extremely beneficial!

I have now resumed all regular activity, to include working in the garden, unloading and spreading seven yards of mulch and even digging a hole for a bird feeder post and cementing it in the ground. I believe that I am fully-whole again. I only have one limitation that I am still working on and that is the range of motion up the middle of my back. Thanks to Dr. Haynes, I am now completely free of pain and able to lift and do all of the things I used to do before I fell and tore my rotator cuff.