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In Topic: Dive Destination while recuperating from shoulder surgery

18 November 2013 - 03:50 PM

I had acromioplasty, supraspinatus repair and bicep tenodesis. I was just trying to put the recovery into some sort of context. I hope it all goes well for you.

In Topic: Dive Destination while recuperating from shoulder surgery

18 November 2013 - 12:51 PM

Wanderingbob, you might consider inquiring if you will be getting an interscalene nerve block for immediate post-op pain control.  They can be very helpful.


I had an infraclavicular block (similar thing at a different place on the nerve) and it really does work well. I had the op at 6pm and discharged the following morning at 10am and had to stand up and give a eulogy that day at 1:30pm. I was exhausted at the end but didn't really have any pain to speak of.


I don't know that I'd call it a painful recovery. It's more that a lot of movements cause pain, especially trying to sleep. I slept on the couch for a couple of months because that stopped me from rolling on to my back which is painful when your arm slides back.

I was back working at the computer in short bursts in a few weeks. Use the other hand for the mouse and put the keyboard under the other hand to press the shift key, etc. It's more a journey of discovery of things that you can't do yet. This week I discovered that I can't throw a blanket on to the clothes line yet.

I can understand the desire to go somewhere warm to convalesce. Ironically, mine is just about all healed and we're coming up to your part of the world (mostly Fairbanks) for Christmas. We won't be diving there though. :)

In Topic: Dive Destination while recuperating from shoulder surgery

13 November 2013 - 08:59 PM

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but a shoulder takes a long time to recover. I've had all of mine done and they were each 6-8 months before I was diving again.

It's not the heavy work (tanks, ladders, cameras, etc) that gets you, it's trying to push your arm into a wetsuit, putting a mask over your head or shooing away a fly. It's very frustrating. Sorry.

In Topic: UW (not diving) project

26 October 2013 - 01:54 PM

Is that your typical lighting setup for those shots Tom ? It's a bit hard to see in the picture. Could you describe it please.



In Topic: UW (not diving) project

24 October 2013 - 11:21 AM