Acromion, clavicle, acromioclavicular joint, disruption of the joint and osteoarthritis - to most people these words are only terms from a biology book, for me they determine my actual status: years ago I had a big fall resulting in a dislocation of the AC-joint. Over the years I’ve had several cortisone injections to ease the pain, but the situation went from bad to worse. Finally I decided to go for a radical solution and yesterday morning, January 2, I had shoulder surgery at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Turnhout, Belgium.
There were quite a few complications, first there were problems with the local anesthesia, then it turned out be virtually impossible to intubate me, due to the unusual form and structure of my trachea (it took 3 anesthesists some twenty minutes to get it done and when I woke up I had terrible throat pain) and finally the damage to the shoulder was much worse than it had appeared on photos and a scan. I’m home now, but for the moment I’m one-armed (and not a swordsman). Even typing with one hand is quite an ordeal. My full recovery will take 2-3 months. Won’t be a pleasant time, but at least there’s a possibility that a lead a normal life again in the future, a life without shoulder pain.
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