Friday, October 26, 2012

Surgery booked

Surgery is booked with Mr. Greg Hoy on November 19 at Glenferrie Private Hospital.  So I have 3 more weeks of hardcore training left. I know what to expect this time and how the rehab will go. Should be no surprises!

However this time I'm at an advantage being able to train right up until to and including the day I go in. Unlike my left shoulder, where I competed at world masters, went on a 6 week holiday  then two weeks later went in for surgery.  I should not lose so much condition this time when I take the two  weeks off training after the OP.

The unusual thing with this injury is that I CAN still bench...  still hitting a single at the other week, deadlifting is fine (as before) This morning pulling 170kg for a triple off 7 cm (3inch) mats. It’s squatting that is a problem.  Just cannot get under a straight bar or even a cambered bar for that matter!  Luckily at ESP there is a variety of SS bars I can use. But to compete I need to get under a straight bar... hence the surgery....  Anyway after getting my left shoulder done I went from a 90kg bench to a 100kg -110kg bench, so according to my theory I should come back with at least a 120kg - 130kg bench in 12 months right?  :-)   In time for IPF Open World in Norway.

So that's the plan...  

I'll post up some ‘before’ pics - shoulder, back, bicep. I remember the most frightening thing was seeing my bicep for the first time after surgery, I thought the tendon had been cut...  It was just hanging like a golf ball in stocking in the crook of my elbow, it was still asleep!

Thursday, October 04, 2012

MRI Results


The AC joint is normal, there is no undue degeneration and no evidence of narrowing of the subacromial space.

Considerable thickening of the subacromial bursa and there is a moderately diffuse tendinopathy involving the distal 2cm of the supraspinatus extending into infraspinatus and there is also a moderate tendinopathy of subscapularis.

Undersurface fraying of the footplate of supraspinatus is evident, there is a moderate sized joint effusion with evidence of synovitis.

The labrum  anteriorly is abnormal demonstrating truncation and a cleft involving the inferior third and there is almost certainly an irregular SLAP lesion with fraying of the anchor.


Widespread cuff pathology involving the distal 2cm of the supraspinatus and the anterior half of infraspinatus with undersurface fraying of supraspinatus, no full thickness tearing, no muscle wasting.

Mild insertional tendinopathy of subscapularis.

Fraying of the labrum anteriorly with a small cleft from 3 o'clock through the 6 o'clock and an irregular chronic SLAP lesion.

Extensive loss of cartilage involving the inferior third of the bony glenoid with varying size of subcortical cysts, moderate sized joint effusion with evidence of synovitis.


Some of the above I've been living with with out any issue.  The evidence of osteoarthritis is one of them.  Knowing what now is causing the pain is the key.  Likely the small tendon tear and resulting tendinitis along with the (pre-existing) slap lesion is the problem.  I've been referred to Greg Hoy, who repaired my left shoulder 2 years ago, for a surgical opinion / arthroscopic evaluation.  My appt is next Friday - Oct 12.  Surgery tentatively booked for Nov 19.  This should give me time to recover and rehab in time for Worlds in  2013.