A new shoulder for a new retiree
Robert Yur was spending the first few days of his retirement exactly the way he envisioned – enjoying time with his family, especially his grandchildren.
In January 2017, Robert retired from the engineering and construction firm, Fluor, after 37 years with the company. On day three as a retiree, Robert was playing a casual game of football with his grandkids when he inadvertently stepped into a hole in the yard, tripped, and fell.
“I caught a great pass from my granddaughter and was running towards the end zone. I tripped in a hole in the yard and the next thing I knew I was on the ground with a hurt shoulder,” says Robert.
Not a minor injury
His shoulder was sore, and had turned black and blue. Realizing this was not just a minor injury, Robert went to see his primary care physician, Dr. Donna Espey, in Kelsey-Seybold’s Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center. Robert had been a Kelsey-Seybold patient prior to his retirement and enrolled in KelseyCare Advantage in preparation for his retirement because he wanted to continue seeing Dr. Espey.
After examining him, Dr. Espey referred Robert to Orthopedic specialist, Dr. Anup Shah, who is also in the Kelsey-Seybold Fort Bend location, as well as the Berthelsen Main Campus and Pearland Clinic.
“Dr. Shah wanted to do an MRI on my shoulder, and it was nice because all of these appointments were in one location … I only had to go to Fort Bend Medical and Diagnostic Center,” says Robert.
After examining the MRI, Dr. Shah told Robert he had torn his rotator cuff and recommended Robert have a reverse shoulder replacement to get his shoulder back to normal function.
A reverse total shoulder replacement
In a reverse total shoulder replacement, the socket and metal ball are switched. That means a metal ball is attached to the shoulder bone and a plastic socket is attached to the upper arm bone. This allows the patient to use the deltoid muscle instead of the torn rotator cuff to lift the arm.
“Dr. Shah was very informative. He explained everything about the surgery and even showed me a video on his website about the procedure,” says Robert.
Though he was comfortable with moving forward with the surgery, Robert had a vacation to Hawaii previously planned and decided to have the procedure after he returned home. Dr. Shah told him that waiting wouldn’t do any additional harm to his shoulder and would allow time for the swelling from the injury to go down.
In June 2017, after a relaxing vacation, Robert had the surgery. For post care, he kept his arm immobilized in a sling and visited Dr. Shah every two weeks. As time went on, he slowly regained use of his shoulder.
“He gave me exercises to do on my own, and I showed him how I progressed at each of my follow-up appointments,” said Robert. “I did so well on my own I didn’t need to go to a physical therapist. During my visits, Dr. Shah was personable, friendly, and he and his staff asked me questions about how I was feeling.”
Back to normal activities
Today, Robert only sees Dr. Shah once a year to ensure his shoulder is still doing well. He’s back to normal activities and is fully enjoying his retirement.
“If anyone finds themselves in this position, I would tell them to work with a qualified professional like Dr. Shah. And when you find that physician, stay with them!” says Robert.