Washing your hair, putting on deodorant—it’s easy to take these everyday tasks for granted.  Sue Edwards had pain in her shoulder all the time, and it was impacting her ability to travel, one of her favorite activities.  She also had a new grandson on the way and wanted to be able to hold him.  As a registered nurse, she was very reluctant to have shoulder replacement surgery because she knew the complexity of the surgery and the lengthy rehab needed afterward.

Sue went to see Dr. Monica Morman at Campbell County Medical Group Orthopaedic Specialists, who told her that she needed surgery, but it would be scheduled only when she was ready.

“Dr. Morman understood that I had a right to be scared,” said Sue.  “You hear about the experiences of others and read stories online.  It’s a big decision and she made me feel like I was in control.”

“Having just been on the other side of the knife myself as a surgical patient myself, I can certainly relate to the anxiety of facing surgery,” said Dr. Morman.

Sue knew she wanted Dr. Morman to perform the surgery at Campbell County Memorial Hospital, and afterward spent only two nights in the hospital.  Afterwards, she praised the nursing staff for the quality of their care, and for explaining to her what was going to happen every step of the way.

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As a single person, and with no caregiver to assist her at home, it was especially important for Sue to prepare for both her surgery and recovery in advance of her procedure, by making sure she had tools to help herself upon returning home.  With help from the friendly medical staff, Sue knew to consider things like clothing that would be easy to put on and take off independently.

“You can’t believe how hard it is to pull on your pants with only one hand,” Sue said.

Sue wore a sling for six weeks after surgery.  Five months after the surgery, she was still attending weekly physical therapy appointments with therapist Kristi Wilde at Campbell County Health Rehabilitation Services.  With regular therapy, her range of motion has improved considerably, and Sue now has very little pain.

Sue has lived in Gillette since 1980.  During that time, she has worked as a school nurse and at Campbell County Public Health.  Twice weekly, she works with participants in the WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program at CCPH.

“It wasn’t an easy decision to have the surgery,” said Sue.  “Dr. Morman is so caring, and approachable, and I loved having people I knew taking care of me in my hometown.  When I’m ready, Dr. Morman will repair my other shoulder, too.”

“It’s so important to involve patients in the evaluation and decision-making process,” said Dr. Morman.  Together, we can find the best treatment option for each patient and their unique situation.

By: Karen I. Clarke for CCH    

Republished by 82717 with permission from CCH. Monica Morman, MD, FAAOS, CAQSH, is a board certified orthopedic surgeon, specializing in hand, arm, and shoulder surgeries at CCMG Orthopaedic Specialists.  She treats several conditions of the upper extremities, including: carpal tunnel, shoulder and elbow replacements, arm fractures, and adhesive capsulitis, amongst others.  Candace “Candy” Winters, PA-C, is the physician assistant in her practice.  Learn more at www.cchwyo.org/ortho.

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