At the age of 64, I had a very positive experience with Dr. Chris Jones. After dealing with an arthritic. shoulder for almost 20 years, the time had definitely come for a replacement shoulder – the pain had become just too intense and my mobility was suffering badly. After significant research, doctor appointments and conversations with many patients, I finally decided on Dr. Chris Jones. The decision for me was based not only on very positive reviews and comments that I was receiving, but also on the fact that Dr. Chris Jones works with and understands people that are athletes and/or very active.
I am very active and exercise almost every day. He was very patient and answered all my questions. He really took an interest in my progress after the surgery. I asked for the world and wanted a shoulder that I had 25 years ago. Much to my surprise, I got exactly that! But I am here to tell you that your success also depends greatly on you!
The pain for me in recovery was minimal but wearing a sling and sleeping with it for 6 weeks was not fun. So attitude is huge. Don’t cheat on the sling. Do all the therapy recommended and continue to do your exercises each day long after your recovery. Do as much of the therapy and exercises as the doctor will allow but no more. When the sling comes off, your arm is very weak but in a few weeks with therapy, your flexibility comes back quickly and you can do most things.
The doctor will give you some weight restrictions on lifting. You have too much time invested in this. Do what he says. Keep adding recommended exercises and light weights and your arm quickly strengthens. After 4 – 5 months, my arm felt 95%. By 8 months my arm was at 100 % and felt like it did when I was 30 years old, greatly exceeding my expectations.
Nothing is guaranteed but if you have the right attitude going into surgery, and willing to put in the work through the recovery phase and listen to what the professionals tell you to do, Dr. Chris Jones is going to give you the best chance. My only regret is not doing the surgery 10 years ago but maybe the timing was right for me. The technology has evolved and a high degree of success is very possible today.