I had arthroscopic shoulder surgery on Friday June 8th for a torn labrum.
I had to be there at 6am so my mom and I left my apartment at 5:40 and caught a cab downtown. The NYU Outpatient Surgical Center is relatively new and shiny. I checked in, filled out my paperwork and was quickly called into pre-op. My vitals were taken and I changed into my gown, etc. The anesthesiologist spoke to me and initialed my shoulder. My mom came back to keep me company. Then my doctor came in, I signed consent and he initialed my shoulder. Soon it was time to go to the OR.
I laid down on the bed where it was nice and warm and I was all covered up with blankets. The fellow or resident circled my doctor’s initials and the nurse put it an IV which soon was filled with Valium. They did a nerve block so I was numb from beginning of my collarbone all the way to the tips of my right fingers. I turned my head to the left and they rubbed something on my collarbone to use the ultrasound to inject the nerve block and that’s the last thing I remember.
I woke up in the PACU (recovery) and was a little disoriented but feeling no pain. The nurse came over and got me sitting up and brought me water and graham crackers. Then she got my mom and took out my IV and I went for a short walk down the hall. My mom helped me get dressed and then off we went to get a cab to go home. Well, with a brief stop at CVS to fill my percocet prescription.
The nerve block wore off about 3am the next morning and I was in the worst pain I’ve ever felt. The next few days were filled with percocet but every day I felt better and I stopped taking the heavy drugs on day 4. My post op appointment went very well – with a new xray and the removal of the plastic bandage. Then I got to see what my wounds really looked like. Pretty amazing actually.
The most exciting part was being able to finally shower when I got home from the surgeon’s office!