Have read comments that little is reported of this procedure from 'inside experience' so will share mine if anyone is interested.
Had 3 fractures to head of humerus late September 2017. These became displaced so were plated, screwed and pinned two weeks later with the surgeon warning that his handiwork might not provide a long-term solution. After six months things ceased to improve so, a year following the first op., I was referred back to the surgical team. X-rays and MRI scan showed that the fractures had all healed but blood supply was severed so the head of humerus was crumbling, with metalwork loosening. Because of the combination of OA and failed fracture repair the only option for pain relief and improved range of movement was total reverse shoulder replacement.
15 weeks on from referral I had the operation and noticed the clock at 9.45am on Wednesday 20th Feb. when I entered the anaesthetics room then 2.30pm as I was wheeled onto the ward later. I had GA plus nerve block, took quite a long time to come round but, courtesy of morphine, was in no real pain - more 'woozy discomfort'.
Everything has progressed boringly well and, to my surprise I was discharged home the following evening - earlier than anticipated and only 36 hours after surgery. Just one minor blip in that I developed a skin allergy to the 'plastic' dressing, which was duly exchanged today, at the local cottage hospital, for a fabric one. Hopefully the irritation will soon subside and I'll post again when there is more to report - probably after my first visit to the outpatients' assessment clinic.
If anyone has specific questions, please ask and I'll do my best to give details. Meanwhile I'm cuddled up in my cosy reclining chair
while OH creates welcome magic with food and tea-pot.