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hey guys, I havent posted in a few months but have been keeping up daily and want to say congrats to all of you who are on your way to living out your dreams.
Im in the 900s on the OC list so am anticipating that I will receive my letter to start my process when the July class enters the Academy. I have a major issue that i need advice with from those of who have gone through your medicals already as well as those of you OTJ.
I had surgery on my shoulder in 2005 to repair a severe labrum tear that i suffered from my football days. The surgery went well and i was good as new until about 6 months ago. Since then ive had good days and really bad bad days. the shoulder grings and clicks upon certain motions and sometimes is very painful. so figured id go to the doc to get it checked out before i showed up for my medical and they heard the clicking/grinding that the shoulder makes and turn me away. For the record, it is stable and does not slip. i can work out moderately without thinking it will disclocate, however the pain usually persists.
I got my MRI results back today and the doc said that i have a very slight tear of the labrum which can be repaired arthoscopically and will put me back 3-6 months for a full recovery, which turns out to be right around when im expecting my medical to be. I also have thickening of a tendon which he said will also be corrected with the surgery. The doc told me that its not a neccessary surgery for a normal person but for the strenuous life of a firefighter he suggests it so that i wont have anything to worry about assuming i get on the job.
My question is.... do i fix it and hope im fully recovered my my medical??
and if i am, will they fail me for needing a surgery, even if it corrected th issue??
as im typing this i feel absolutley fine with no pain so im driving myself crazy even thinking about surgery. i just dont want the FDNY to say i should have had it done
Sorry for the long post but i would appreciate any and all feedback on how they would view this come medical come. As all of you on here, i would do anythign for this job and dont want to make a wrong choice that would ruin my chances. thank you guys so much in advance for the help!
anyone have a weight vest there willing to sell?
Hey firehopefull88, I'm sure others will chime in, but if it were me, I would get it fixed. Especially if the doctor is saying it will give you problems due to the ff job. I would get it done ASAP so that your rehab will start right after. They will find out about the first surgery , don't know if they can contact your doctor, but if they do, what will the doctor tell them about your shoulder?
I wish you the best, and maybe some other opinions will come your way so you can make the right decision. Good luck!
thanks for the reply FFwnt2b. my doctor from 2005 is currently off the job due to personal issues. i havent seen him since 2005. my new ortho would 100% sign off on me being able to perform the job if everything goes as planned. he already told me thats what he expects.
he offered another treatment option for the tendon only, which is only a 6 week recovery period. this would not repair the labrum but he said that the tear is so minor that it may not even need more then a cleanup.
Firehopeful88, get it done dude. If you don't they will find out no doubt about it. Now do you know if you have what's called bankart tears? If so then this will pose a problem not only for ff but for you in general. As we all age we tend to wear out the labrum now in your case your already making noise and had a prior surgery. Firefighting in general takes a toll on the body for a healthy person now imagine if you don't get it corrected, that can pose a problem for your company men and the lives of others if something where to go wrong at a job. Don't just do it for the job, do it for yourself man. Remember that the medical office takes these matters by a case by case so your outcome may not be the same for others. Just get the dang surgery, you have a good list number don't risk it.
im not sure if its a bankart tear. the MRI 'suggests' a tear and my doc said that usually means its very minor, otherwise it would state the size of the tear. he made it seem like i would be good as new after the rehab and since hes assuming its a minor tear that the surgery will not be severe and my recovery wouldnt take the full 6 months.
If the doc can sign off to me being healthy come medical time and i can perform any tasks/movements/lifts that they ask of me then can they fail me?
dont rush, take your rehab seriously.
Get a second opinion and do tons of research, then make your decision. My buddy is an Ortho Doc and knows of Docs that push surgery and some that believe it should be prevented at all costs. Doctors are intelligent people, but people all the same. Become well informed about the Pros and Cons, what could go wrong, statistics, etc.....
When you take the fitness test. Do they hold your feet when you do your situps?
Thanks for the info. For any guys who are still wondering if they are holding a practice run at the cpat training due to lack of attendees. They are not. You will complete the cpat course and they will give you more extra work. Only 6 guys showed up last night. They did however show us where the run was going to be and if anyone wants to practice id be down to participate. Just throwing it out there. I'm already running my 1.5 in less than 12, but it would be good to run it on the exact course to familiarize yourself with it.
Yes its right next to the rock. Where the tennis courts are. Lmk if you want to go running