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Bigtex

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The good part is, our deductibles are about $250/yr and then most everything excepts meds are covered. Not sure what I'd be doing now with Obamacare at $1000+ a month for some commercial insurance and a $6000 out of pocket every year.
Before I got on Medicare Advantage I could not even afford to use my insurance. So we just paid the monthly fees. I have $5 co-fees for doctors and most medication is $5. They even pay for my TRT. I went to the emergency room because I cut the shit out of myself in two places. I paid $10 for the specialist who looked at my hand.
 
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I need a shoulder replacement. Seen two orthopedic surgeons. one with the Iron Man center here in Houston and the other one was with the Saints for 4 years or so.
Both told me the same thing when i saw them. It was almost like they shared notes.
1. Do nothing
2. Get a cortisone injection but it will not really do much
3. Get a shoulder replacement.

I will have the 25 lbs restriction. If I continue to to lift weights it will wear out and the second replacement will most likely be worse then the first. I have limited range of motion now and both said I will even have less.

Both told me to wait as long as possible since I will not like the restrictions and also that will probably have to redo it before I die. im 58 now.

The study above shows a mean age of 74, just pointing that out. Since that group normally isnt very active like we are.

I have bone on bone, bone spurs, arthritis basically just crap. I manage to lift but its light weights and tons of things I can't do.
Son of a bitch! Ironman Center in Houston? Bro, that is where I go. I have probably talked to the same doctors. Now they call it UT Orthopedics The same story I got, you got..
 
MorganKane

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Son of a bitch! Ironman Center in Houston? Bro, that is where I go. I have probably talked to the same doctors. Now they call it UT Orthopedics The same story I got, you got..
Yup. Probably saw the same guy.

I also see this guy:

Really like him...
 
ogre

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Just found this


PERMANENT RESTRICTIONS
Reverse total shoulder replacements are mechanical devices susceptible to wear. Lifting heavy objects creates high force at the glenoid (socket) and is associated with loosening and early failure. For this reason, NO LIFTING greater than 50lbs floor to waist is allowed. NO lifting greater than 25lbs should be done at chest height or above. Inability to stay within these restrictions is likely to cause failure of your total shoulder replacement in a short period of time.

This is just what I was told by the orthopedic surgeon I went to see. Under these restrictions, I'll tolerate the pain.
That dont sound worth a fuck.I do construction work.I see my 2nd surgeon 11/28 I'll see what he says.Mine is so bad I cant get any good sleep so I need something done.
 
Bigtex

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Yup. Probably saw the same guy.

I also see this guy:

Really like him...
I saw Dr. Shupe and Dr. Gregory. I was at the one on I-10 and Gessner, now they have moved down I-10. Dr. Walter Lowe did my knee when it blew out. Holy shit, I had no idea anyone here lives in Houston.
 
Littleguy

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I am curious if any of you guys have considered stem cell injections. I have recently listened to some podcasts. One was on Superhuman Radio about a Dr Seeds that was using the patients own bone barrow. Separating the stem cells and injecting them into the joint. A half hour procedure with amazing results. He also uses peptides to feed the stem cells into new cartilage and joint material. Sounds amazing. And this podcast was from 2018. I have also heard of it on Think Big podcast. Forget who mentioned it but they said guys were going to Panama. Dr takes out some bone marrow. You chill on the beach for 5 days while they multiply your stem cells. Then they inject it into the joint and you fly home. I realize these procedures would be out of pocket and most likely you guys are going through insurance. But if not it might be something to look into. If this Dr Seeds was doing this 3 years ago in the US, I would think it should be more available now from other doctors. And if it’s working as good as it sounds, hopefully will become more of a standard option. Instead of cortisol shots that actually damage the joint further. I could see this procedure being slow at being accepted by most doctors and surgeons because it will put them out of a job potentially. And the prosthetic joint companies out of business as well. So just like finding a cure for cancer, no one (besides the patient) wants that to happen.
I looked into this very, very extensively for my left leg, I was shot in the groin and the round went through my scrotum and into my upper thigh, hit my femur and travelled down the front of my quad (and more) it was and is very fucked up even though I have trained it enough in 24 years to look good cosmetically it still have functional issues.
I had 3 absolute top notch no $$ spared professionals go over this with me independent of each other as well as a Dr that specializes in the injections that Knows my history and my goals for the future.
Final answer was not worth it as MOST likely it will NOT help me at all.
I would have dropped whatever the number if any one of them gave me a glint of hope but they all have used the stem cells and the plasma injections etc in the past while tracking their patients that DID and the ones that DID NOT go this route but none of them gave much promise to the procedures.
I know everyone is different and all injuries are not the same and this is just the experience that I had while looking for an answer.
 
ogre

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Thanks for the responses.Some good info.Wilson I hope yours goes well.Can you be sure to update us.
 
ogre

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I need a shoulder replacement. Seen two orthopedic surgeons. one with the Iron Man center here in Houston and the other one was with the Saints for 4 years or so.
Both told me the same thing when i saw them. It was almost like they shared notes.
1. Do nothing
2. Get a cortisone injection but it will not really do much
3. Get a shoulder replacement.

I will have the 25 lbs restriction. If I continue to to lift weights it will wear out and the second replacement will most likely be worse then the first. I have limited range of motion now and both said I will even have less.

Both told me to wait as long as possible since I will not like the restrictions and also that will probably have to redo it before I die. im 58 now.

The study above shows a mean age of 74, just pointing that out. Since that group normally isnt very active like we are.

I have bone on bone, bone spurs, arthritis basically just crap. I manage to lift but its light weights and tons of things I can't do.
So did you decide to get it done or wait?
 
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