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Hi, I had to have a triple bypass on Jan 11th. I have diabetes also, they took an artery from my arm and 2 from my chest. Over the last week I have developed severe shoulder pain in my left shoulder. People keep telling me that it is just surgery pain and it will go away in time. Has anyone else had this?
AHAASAKatie, February 6, 2019 9:13am EST
I am so sorry that you are experiencing this. I am providing the information we have on cardiac procedures for you, however, I do wonder what your surgical team says? I would imagine that removing an artery from your arm is fairly traumatic for the limb and that you would expect to be in some discomfort. Looking forward to reading what our other members have to say as well. Best Katie
NurseTessa, February 6, 2019 9:27am EST
Hi Sunshine, First have you spoken with your surgeon? Have you had any trouble with your shoulder before? Does the pain feels muscular or joint related in nature? When they take the artery from your chest and from your arm (I'm guessing left arm), your arm is secured in a few different positions during surgery. It is possible this manipulation could result in shoulder pain. So even though it seems unrelated to your surgery, the pain could be surgically related. I would speak to someone with the surgery team and explain your concerns, and in the meantime keep up the recovery work of coughing, deep breathing, and moving. I know moving is easier said than done, but it's the best way to speed up your recovery. Be Well, T.
JamesPL, February 6, 2019 1:07pm EST
I had a quintuple bypass and they did the same exact thing to me. I remember having some discomfort in my lower arm and some numbness (which I still have) near my wrist. I had questioned the surgeon about it and was told it's common. My cardiologist also told me that some of the numbness in my wrist and chest my never fully go away. I recommend you talk to your doctor and/or surgeon about it. Like I had told my cardiologist "if you're telling me this is normal, I could live with that".
AmbassadorR, February 6, 2019 6:50pm EST
This sounds similiar to a problem I had recently. I had arteries taken from both legs for a double bypass in Sept. of this year. After that I had both numbness and pain at different parts of my legs that lasted a few weeks or more. Having had bypass surgery before I knew this would probably happen. Now it has been a few months and things are mostly fine. It is just a normal part of the process, as the body has to adjust to the removal of the arteries, and wounds have to heal, but if you haven't share this with your surgeon, or his team, it would probably be a good idea.
Sunshine50, February 7, 2019 3:05pm EST
Thank you for the responses. I have called my surgeon for the pain and also my incision is oozing. They tell me that is normal. I go back Feb 12th so maybe when they see the incision and see how much pain I am in I might get some answers.
AHAASAKatie, February 12, 2019 9:05am EST
Today is the Answer day! Good luck and let us know how it goes!!!! Katie
Sunshine50, February 14, 2019 12:52am EST
I want to update you and ask more questions. My incision became infected and now I am back in the hospital. They tried to put a vacuum drain in and on massive doses of antibiotics. When they put the vacuum in they said some of my wires were loose. Nothing has worked and now I found out I the infection has gone into the bone and will be going back into surgery on fri. Back to CCU after that and start the whole process all over. They did say this happens to 2% of people after bypass. Anyone have this or any information would be a great help.
AHAASAKatie, February 15, 2019 9:24am EST
I am so sorry! What time is your surgery today? When you are feeling better, please come back and let us know how things go. Prayers for a speedy and strong recovery! Katie
JeffB, February 15, 2019 12:31pm EST
Good luck Sunshine! You are a survivor and doing everything you can. Think good thoughts, I know that's hard, but it's your shield against the difficult time you are unfortunately going through right now. I'll be sending you good thoughts from afar.
NurseTessa, February 15, 2019 2:18pm EST
Hi Sunshine, An infection is a rare complication, but it does happen. It can be a complicated process to heal the infection, but I'm sure your surgical team is doing their very best. Please keep us posted on your recovery, I'll be thinking of you and hoping everything goes smoothly. Be Well, Tessa.