Torn Left Pectoral Muscle - Surgery R...
Tom

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#2048 Apr 5, 2012
Im having surgery 1 week from today to repair a 4 month old right pec tear at the tendon muscle junction. Wish Me luck. Ill let you guys know how it goes.
Tom

Port Saint Lucie, FL

#2049 Apr 20, 2012
Had my surgery last Thursday the Dr. said he was able to get all the muscle back to where it goes. The only problems Im having now are a blister right near the stitches and my whole arm is still very swollen. Did anybody else have these problems after? My Dr. says the blister is nothing to worry about.
Rick

Placentia, CA

#2050 Apr 20, 2012
Last July 2011, I ruptured my tendon to my right major pectoral muscle and had surgery in August 2011. I went through 16 weeks of physical therapy and got to the point where I did not think of my injury doing everyday activities, but my strength was only about 50% at the gym. Since 7 months had passed since surgery, my doctor was concerned that my strength at peaked.

He did some physical test and my worse fears have come true. The repaired tendon had become unattached. A MRI confirmed it. I was schocked, because I never felt any pain, but the doctor explained that no nerves were affected when the sutures came apart from my humourous bone.

Yesterday 4/19, I had surgery again to repair my torn pectoral. Surgery was almost 3 1/2 hours and the doctor had a hard time grabbing my tendon, because it had retracted under my chest cavity. He felt the tendon was not long enough to suture to my bone again. This time he used an allograft, which was an achilles tendon from a cadaver. He sutured one end of this to my pectoral tendon, drilled holes in my humerous bone and sutured it there.

It is one day post surgery and this time I feel different. The last time I could barely move my arm in my sling, and now I feel I have more range of motion.

I hope it works this time and feel pretty confident that it will.

Since: Apr 12

Cheney, WA

#2051 Apr 29, 2012
2/23/2012: Ruptured right distal pectoralis major tendon on the 3rd rep of a set of flat bench with 405 lb.

After several weeks of appointments with the specialist, referrals to get an MRI, and then more follow ups to discuss results, it is concluded that I ruptured my pec tendon and need it surgically reattached if I am ever to regain my former state of glory.

4/24/2012: I have the surgery. The doc and medical staff were awesome. A local charity donated this operation because I am a starving student with no health coverage but do not qualify for state assistance. First follow up is scheduled for 5/7/2012.

On another note, the surgery went off without a hitch. The doc said that the reason this happened was because I tried to increase my range of motion on the flat bench too rapidly. I had absolutely ZERO muscle belly or musculotendonis damage and he was able to reattach 100% of the tendon. I will regain 100% of my full strength.

For those of you who may wish to know, this was in Spokane, WA. The clinic was Rockwood Clinic, and the surgeon was Dr. Thomas Halvorson.

Training was and is everything to me. It is a part of my identity and is one of the main reasons why I get up each morning. I can honestly say that if this had been something irreparable, life as I know it would have been over, and I may very well have ended up taking my life. Fortunately that was not the case, so lets not even go down that road. The point is that my surgeon just made it to the top of my Christmas list.

I will keep you updated on my progress. In the mean time, any of you been in my situation? If so, how long did it take you to heal?
Alan

Sydney, Australia

#2052 May 2, 2012
Hi,

I have a question, I hope someone on this forum can answer. I ruptured by Left Pec Major in a sporting accident (impact on my left shoulder) back in Sep 08. I had surgery to correct this and reattach the muscle in Oct 08. The tendon re ruptured in about Feb / Mar 09 (I'm not sure how but it wasnt because it was under load. I went through and had another surgery performed in Sep 08 and this time the surgon made the connection with a Synthetic graft of some description. The tendon again re-ruptured in August 10. Again it wasn't because I was pushing it hard. I have tried to strenthen the muslces around the pec (i.e. the front delts and rotator cuff). But every time the pec area is engaged, I end up with a burning sensation that takes a week or 2 to subside.

Has anyone had anything like this? The surgeon's theory was that it was just the scar tissue from the repairs.
TJT

Denver, CO

#2053 May 8, 2012
This thread has been incredibly helpful so far! I tore my right pec in early Feb. at the time I did t have have the money or insurance to do anything about it. I have saved up some money since and doing better financially. This is my question, I am self emplyeed (personal trainer). Is there any chance of getting a health insurance plan that would cover me for surgery even though the tear is pre-existing? Or am I going to have to just foot the bill for surgery and pay it off?
TJT

Denver, CO

#2054 May 8, 2012
Also if Jack from Colorado Springs could give me a his Doctors info that would be much appreciated! I am not sure where to go out here.
Rick

Placentia, CA

#2055 May 8, 2012
Alan wrote:
Hi,
I have a question, I hope someone on this forum can answer. I ruptured by Left Pec Major in a sporting accident (impact on my left shoulder) back in Sep 08. I had surgery to correct this and reattach the muscle in Oct 08. The tendon re ruptured in about Feb / Mar 09 (I'm not sure how but it wasnt because it was under load. I went through and had another surgery performed in Sep 08 and this time the surgon made the connection with a Synthetic graft of some description. The tendon again re-ruptured in August 10. Again it wasn't because I was pushing it hard. I have tried to strenthen the muslces around the pec (i.e. the front delts and rotator cuff). But every time the pec area is engaged, I end up with a burning sensation that takes a week or 2 to subside.
Has anyone had anything like this? The surgeon's theory was that it was just the scar tissue from the repairs.
Alan, wow both surgeries didn't work. Do you plan on having a third surgery? Makes me nervous since I am recovering from my second surgery.

Since: Apr 12

Cheney, WA

#2057 May 16, 2012
Ok, I had a follow up last week, doc said I can ditch the sling this coming Monday, which will be four weeks post-op. That same week, I will start physical therapy. The general consensus of the sources I've consulted seems to be that PT will last between 6 and 8 weeks, after which I should get clearance to go back to the gym. I'm hoping that since I'm still in my 20s and was in exceptional condition at the time of injury that my recovery time will be less than that. John Cena and other professional athletes have returned to 100% of their full strength 4 months post op, as opposed to the prescribed 6-8 months. Time will tell.

Since: Apr 12

Cheney, WA

#2058 May 16, 2012
TJT wrote:
This thread has been incredibly helpful so far! I tore my right pec in early Feb. at the time I did t have have the money or insurance to do anything about it. I have saved up some money since and doing better financially. This is my question, I am self emplyeed (personal trainer). Is there any chance of getting a health insurance plan that would cover me for surgery even though the tear is pre-existing? Or am I going to have to just foot the bill for surgery and pay it off?
There are charities which typically cover that kind of thing. If not, most health care providers will set you up on a payment plan. I'm 3 weeks post-op, and already I feel almost like my old self. Trust me, even if you have to borrow against your car or house or sell your soul its worth it to have this operation. If you ever want to have any hope of being what you once were, that is.
TJT

Denver, CO

#2059 May 18, 2012
SephirothMBA wrote:
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There are charities which typically cover that kind of thing. If not, most health care providers will set you up on a payment plan. I'm 3 weeks post-op, and already I feel almost like my old self. Trust me, even if you have to borrow against your car or house or sell your soul its worth it to have this operation. If you ever want to have any hope of being what you once were, that is.
Thanks for the reply, I am definitely all in on getting surgery one way or another. Training is my biggest passion and I have spent way too many hours in the gym working my butt off to have to live with this for the rest of my life. Plus being a personal trainer myself it has really made my job difficult at times. Whenever I get a new client I have a hard showing them proper form for most upper body exercises.

Since: Apr 12

Cheney, WA

#2060 May 20, 2012
TJT wrote:
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Thanks for the reply, I am definitely all in on getting surgery one way or another. Training is my biggest passion and I have spent way too many hours in the gym working my butt off to have to live with this for the rest of my life. Plus being a personal trainer myself it has really made my job difficult at times. Whenever I get a new client I have a hard showing them proper form for most upper body exercises.
No problem. I will warn you that the downtime will drive you crazy. You won't even be allowed to do cardio or leg machines until at least 3 weeks post op, and even then you can only do things that won't jar your upper body. The physical therapy is a breeze so far, but I'm only one week into it. The PT said the tendon will not have the tensile strength to support heavy lifting until at least 4 months post op. I'm happy to be on the road to recovery, but these limitations are making me feel like an invalid. Pre-injury I had a bench press PR of 525. Now I'm not even supposed to do push ups. I try to stave off atrophy and regain strength as best I can with leg machines, but no hack squat, barbell squat, or deadlifts for a while. It'll be worth it once I am recovered, but be warned you have some dark times ahead.
Alan

Sydney, Australia

#2061 May 21, 2012
Rick wrote:
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Alan, wow both surgeries didn't work. Do you plan on having a third surgery? Makes me nervous since I am recovering from my second surgery.
Rick,

Don't get too nervous. We all heal differently and I think I may just be unlucky. No I am not looking to have a 3rd surgery because the build up of scar tissue would be too great for any real recovery. I'm trying to find a way to deal with the effects of the injury but as you read in my post earlier it's one step forward two steps back for me.

Best of luck with your recovery mate.
Rick

Placentia, CA

#2062 May 22, 2012
Alan wrote:
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Rick,
Don't get too nervous. We all heal differently and I think I may just be unlucky. No I am not looking to have a 3rd surgery because the build up of scar tissue would be too great for any real recovery. I'm trying to find a way to deal with the effects of the injury but as you read in my post earlier it's one step forward two steps back for me.
Best of luck with your recovery mate.
I wish you the best in your recovery too! After four weeks, I am now done with keeping my arm in the sling. I feel much better this time compared to the first time I had surgery. Hopefully this allograft will hold. I am starting physical therapy and we will see how it goes.

Cheers!
Patrick

Ashland, OR

#2063 May 26, 2012
Hi. On 3/23/12, I had my R distal pectoralis tendon reattached to the humerus via the trough technique with holes for high-tension sutures (x4) from the cortical surface down to the base of the trough.(Technique is demonstrated on ShoulderDoc.uk).
Because my injury was not an isolated overload on the pec major (I fell on an extended arm while breaking a fall after being launched forward on telemark skis, no poles), I am wondering for those of you who injured your pectoralis in manners similar to mine(rugby, skiing etc), what your experience has been. My main worry is other muscles of the rotator cuff; I can't fully abduct my arm without pain on the opposite side of the injury, internal rotation causes pain outside to the repair....
I am a physician, and as I felt the "vel-cro" sensation of he muscle coming off the bone, I knew which muscle I was tearing at the time and how serious it was. Within 48 hours I was on the phone to my orthopedic colleagues, had an MRI within four days and surgery on day six after the accident.
My confidence is high that the muscle will reattach at this time, but I am wary of what other damage I've done to the labrum (socket cup), opposite tendons etc.
Anyone? Many thanks to those of you who have shared your story, and good luck!
SephirothMBA

Cheney, WA

#2064 May 28, 2012
Ok, quick update. The swelling and fluid retention has finally subsided, and my right pec looks the same as it did before the surgery, so I am calling my doc tomorrow morning. I can still flex the muscle, but it does not look the same as my left pec when I flex it. I never felt anything tear or pop, so hopefully this is all in my head. To those who re-ruptured after surgery: did you feel it when it happened? I would think that if I had re-ruptured it or the sutures had failed that I would have felt it. God knows I felt it when it ruptured the first time. I've also heard that if it is ruptured in the weeks immediately following the repair it is not fixable. Can anyone out there confirm this?
Alan

Sydney, Australia

#2065 May 28, 2012
SephirothMBA wrote:
Ok, quick update. The swelling and fluid retention has finally subsided, and my right pec looks the same as it did before the surgery, so I am calling my doc tomorrow morning. I can still flex the muscle, but it does not look the same as my left pec when I flex it. I never felt anything tear or pop, so hopefully this is all in my head. To those who re-ruptured after surgery: did you feel it when it happened? I would think that if I had re-ruptured it or the sutures had failed that I would have felt it. God knows I felt it when it ruptured the first time. I've also heard that if it is ruptured in the weeks immediately following the repair it is not fixable. Can anyone out there confirm this?
You don't necessarily feel it when there is a re-rupture and if you do feel anything, it is nothing like the original injury as some of the nerve endings may be covered in scar tissue. Failure points are rarely at the sutures, rather it is either at the muscle wall or tendons. Having said that don't panic until you see the doctor. Even with perfect results, sometimes the pec ends up looking and feeling different to what it did prior to the injury. Sometimes there is atrophy that goes away as you rebuild the muscle through strenght excercises.

Good luck mate.
SephirothMBA

Cheney, WA

#2066 May 28, 2012
Alan wrote:
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You don't necessarily feel it when there is a re-rupture and if you do feel anything, it is nothing like the original injury as some of the nerve endings may be covered in scar tissue. Failure points are rarely at the sutures, rather it is either at the muscle wall or tendons. Having said that don't panic until you see the doctor. Even with perfect results, sometimes the pec ends up looking and feeling different to what it did prior to the injury. Sometimes there is atrophy that goes away as you rebuild the muscle through strenght excercises.
Good luck mate.
I forgot that today is a holiday and my doctor was not in his office. I already had a follow up scheduled for June 6, so I think I'll just wait until then to see him. I might just be overanalyzing this and being paranoid. Also, the scar from the incision definitely makes comparison between left and right a bit harder; I'm very fair skinned and the scar is a visual distraction.
Rick

Placentia, CA

#2067 May 29, 2012
When I re-ruptured mine, I did not have any pain. I am now 6 weeks post surgery from my second surgery and just started physical therapy. I hope it works this time.
SephirothMBA

Cheney, WA

#2068 May 30, 2012
Rick wrote:
When I re-ruptured mine, I did not have any pain. I am now 6 weeks post surgery from my second surgery and just started physical therapy. I hope it works this time.
How did you re-rupture it? In any case, best wishes. I don't think mine has re-ruptured because the last couple days the muscle has been involuntarily twitching very rapidly. I'm told that this is a pretty good sign the tendon is still attached.

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