Torn Left Pectoral Muscle - Surgery R...
Jack

Sydney, Canada

#81 Apr 12, 2008
I suffered a Pectoralis Major tear are the bar landed on my chest during the 2001 Special Olympics Nova Scotia Summer Games as a result of improper spotting during a Powerlifting contest.

About eleven months later, I went to see an Orthopedic Doctor to look at possible surgery, but found out it was not operable due to amount of time passed.

This Pectorialis Major tear severly effected my Bench Presses as I was able to Bench Press over 360 lbs. before the accident, and now I struggle to Bench Press over 300 lbs., and that's without using a supportive Bench Press shirt.

Things got worse at the 2007 Special Olympics World Summer Games in Shanghai when I was only able to Bench Press 275 lbs. due to tough officiation and weakness on my injured side.

During these games, my Powerlifting coach advised me to look at surgery since some lifters suffered similar injuries have suffered their injuries more than 10 years ago and are due for surgeries soon.

Therefore, I'm wondering if its possible to undergo Pectoralis Major surgeries seven years post injury?

Thanks
Canadian Kid

Ottawa, Canada

#82 Apr 12, 2008
I torn my pec major (sternal) in a wrestling match. The surgeon re-attached it to the bone in my arm with suture screws and I was in a sling for 6 weeks, minor range of motion exercises and movement was done with a PT. After the 6 weeks it was onto rubber band exercises and more stretching. Within 2-3 months really light weights. It has been 4 months now and there is still a lot of pain around the tendon where it goes into the bone.
Professionals say it normal, but is it supposed to hurt still after 4 months?
Does anyone know how long this painful recovery will take and when I will be able to lift some half decent weight?
Thanks
tim from bc canada

Surrey, Canada

#83 Apr 15, 2008
hey everyone
I did a partail tear to my left pec while wrestling last week. I am deeply bruised from armpit to mid bicept.I can feel the weekness in the chest but for me the shoulder pain is the killer. any suggestions? is this normal? my doc and physio seem to think it's just pec and because it's not supporting the shoulder that's what's causing the pain? I have full range of motion just severe pain mainly shoulder on inward rotation??
Canadian Kid

Ottawa, Canada

#84 Apr 17, 2008
Sounds like your pec is torn man. That's what it feels like when you have damaged it. Get and MRI. Your bicep hurts because the pec tendon that is likely damaged sits right beside the insertion point to your distal biceps tendon. The whole area is likely sore right now. Get another opinion, if you don't you'll be like all the other people on here that get told they're ok and then end up stuck with the problem later when surgery is not an option anymore.

Since: Feb 08

Portsmouth, VA

#85 Apr 21, 2008
Reference my post #68 dated February 14, 2008.

Tore my left major pectoralis in January. I had surgery on January 30, 2008. I am almost 12 weeks post-op (this Wednesday to be exact). I know its only 12 weeks, but I have this weird tightness feeling under my armpit now. I see the surgeon tomorrow. It almost feels like I'm going to tear it again if I lift anything up. Is it possible that I slightly re-tore the injury even though there is no bruising? Also, the repaired pec does not have that nice sweep compared to my right side when I hold my arms out to my sides like an iron cross. Is this normal? I know I'm asking a lot of questions, but I do not want to go through this again (like all of you!). Again, I see the surgeon tomorrow at 3:00pm EST, so hopefully it is all good news. I'm just curious what you guys have experienced at around the 12 week mark after surgery. Let me know your thoughts, as it feels good to commiserate with people that have gone through this.
Jimi

Richmond, IN

#86 Apr 23, 2008
I just had major pectoral repair by the via military. The pec fell back to its deformed state 6 weeks after the surgery and now I,m real concerned it didnt take. I torn the pec benching heavy. I follewed all advice from the doc! Now I,m back to square 1. Any Advice? I live in New Jersey. Any good doctors out there?
kevin Collins

Truckee, CA

#87 Apr 23, 2008
I tore my trap right off of my spine.Does anyone know if there is hope for me to recover 100 % through surgery?
Dan

Yonkers, NY

#88 Apr 30, 2008
Canadian Kid wrote:
I torn my pec major (sternal) in a wrestling match. The surgeon re-attached it to the bone in my arm with suture screws and I was in a sling for 6 weeks, minor range of motion exercises and movement was done with a PT. After the 6 weeks it was onto rubber band exercises and more stretching. Within 2-3 months really light weights. It has been 4 months now and there is still a lot of pain around the tendon where it goes into the bone.
Professionals say it normal, but is it supposed to hurt still after 4 months?
Does anyone know how long this painful recovery will take and when I will be able to lift some half decent weight?
Thanks
I tore my pec and never had it fixed, in ways I guess i'm lucky cuz i was able to bench more then what i tore it with a few yuears after and didnt get surgery. Most likey since its the lower pec and the upper didnt seem to tear at all. Anyways yes after I tore mine it took a long time to get that pain where the tear occured to go away, but it eventually did. Give it a few more months it will subside.
Sean

Wicomico, VA

#89 May 3, 2008
Has anyone had a successful repair of a total tear of the pectoralis major at the sternal head? I was benching 295 two months ago and had a total tear from the tendon and muscle. My head ortho surgeon had only tried it once unsuccessfully and didn't want to do it.

Since: Feb 08

Portsmouth, VA

#90 May 5, 2008
Jimi wrote:
I just had major pectoral repair by the via military. The pec fell back to its deformed state 6 weeks after the surgery and now I,m real concerned it didnt take. I torn the pec benching heavy. I follewed all advice from the doc! Now I,m back to square 1. Any Advice? I live in New Jersey. Any good doctors out there?
Well if the pec fell back to its deformed position when it was torn at th intitial time of injury, or course it didn't "take", as you've put it. Did you go back and see the surgeon? If so, what did he say? How could it have re-torn after 6 weeks post-op when you were in a sling that whole time?
Joel

Littleton, CO

#91 May 9, 2008
April 29th i was benching 495 and on the 2nd rep I heard and felt 3 tears with a loud ripping sound like ripping a sheet. I went to the emergency room and the doctor described it to my orthrpaedic surgeon over the phone who said not to bother w Xray or MRI. 3 days later i went to her office and she told me the my pec was separated from the arm. Yesterday, May 8 I had a surgery that took 3.5 hours. She said that all 3 tendons were ripped off the bone but that there was no muscle damage. 6 weeks in an immobilizer which is how long she said the tendon would take to heal. After extensive research and doctor recommendation I am taking Oxandrolone and nandrolone decanate to speed repair and strengthen the tendons. I am also going to use an OrthoPak 2 Electrical Stimulator which was recommended but not covered under insurance. I will report back as time goes on. My doc said she has only done 3 of these but used to train herself and will get me back to competition state quickly.

Since: Feb 08

Portsmouth, VA

#92 May 10, 2008
It takes 6-8 weeks for the tendon to heal, but several more months for the tendon to resume normal blood flow. Sounds like you're trying to rush the healing process. Have patience, Joel. Let the body heal naturally - you will thank yourself in the long run. I'm 14 weeks plus 3 days post-op from my pec surgery. I am doing great and I'm just starting to lift very, very light weights. Despite the urge to want to go heavier, I do not. I know of a guy in my gym that tore his pec and rushed the healing process so that he could get back to where he was prior to his injury. He subsequently re-tore the tendon and is pretty messed up. Coincidentally, his name is Joel. I will not fall into the same trap as him, and have decided that I will not start training like a bodybuilder again until I reach 12 months post-op.

For me at least, I have come to terms with my injury and left my ego at the proverbial door. The human body is pretty amazing and I donít think it needs to be introduced to anything foreign like Oxandrolone and nandrolone decanate. Chances are the body will heal just as well without that stuff Ė but then again, what the heck do I know? If you do take it, I wish you the best of luck and let us know how itís working. I donít know much about supplements so my ignorance may be getting to the best of me.

Bottom line is Ė we all have pectoralis tears on this board and given the fact that everyone is slightly different what may work for one person may not work for another.

Later.
Joel

Littleton, CO

#93 May 10, 2008
I do not plan on lifting heavy for a long, long time and never that heavy again. I do want to speed the healing but I also want to improve tendon strengh from stock. http://www.flexcellint.com/documents/TT/TT2.p...
details the results of treating tendon repair with nandrolone and my doctor approved. I'm considering paying for an MRI to verify healing before training again as a precaution. I dont take the stories here lightly and never want to suffer this again. Thanks to all for sharing and i hope to contribute more in the coming weeks.

Since: Feb 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#94 May 10, 2008
Joel,
I read (or at least tried to read, as it is pretty scientific) the article you've attached. Could you do me a favor and email me at [email protected] I have a couple of questions about it. If this is a prescription drug, I'm interested and would like to hear what my surgeon has to say next time I see him.

Thanks.
DaveE

United States

#95 May 13, 2008
Ruptured my left pec two weeks ago (completely separated from arm bone) during flat bench on Smith machine. Was on my last set using 235 when I felt the tendon tearing away during my 3rd rep, as I was pushing bar up from my chest. I had head phones on so didn't hear the pop/tear but I certainly felt it. As some have explained, it felt like electricity running through my bicep area. I had the tell tale signs....swollen chest on the left side, black and blue on the bicep all the way down to my forearm. I did ice and Advil for the next three days until we got home. Saw my PCP the next day and he diagnosed it right away and scheduled me for an MRI two days later. He also referred me to Dr. Anthony Schepsis at BU Medical Center in Boston. He is the Director of Sports Medicine at BU and this type of injury is his specialty. Dr. Schepsis confirmed the pec rupture from my MRI and I am scheduled for surgery one week from today (5/20/08). This forum has been invaluable to me and I appreciate all the information that you folks have shared about your own experiences. I will certainly update you on my situation post-surgery. I'm a very active 45 year old and this couldn't have happened at a worse time of the year......my summer is completely shot....no golf, no softball and no basketball.
Kyle

Concord, CA

#96 May 16, 2008
I'm just over six weeks post-op from a complete left-pec rupture from the humerus. Suffered it during wrestling practice. First three weeks of recovery were rough due to a blood clot and bacterial infection from the surgery. What started as an out-patient procedure turned into a second surgery to clean the infection and a five day hospital stay to monitor my progress. My ortho told me it was the first upper extremity DVT he's seen and he has been a shoulder specialist for ten years! What luck! He was shocked not only due to the rarity of the location of the DVT but also how unlikely a candidate I was being that I'm a twenty-five year old athlete.

Hello, twelve weeks of coumadin(blood thinner) and three weeks of a PIIC(Home IV/catheter)to administer anti-biotics.

Started PT ten days ago and I am progressing well with the exercises to regain passive ROM. My question is how long before I can expect to walk with a normal swing in my left arm?

Since: Feb 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#97 May 19, 2008
Gentlemen,

16 weeks post-op.

It is time to rebuild.

The gym....today....it will be my first day back since I tore my pec and subsequent operation.

Lets get it on!!!!!!!!!!

I will start with quads, hamstrings, calves, and abs for today.
John

Macclesfield, UK

#98 May 20, 2008
HI John DF,

I'm coming up to 16 weeks post-op.
I had a chronic repair which was 4 months due to misdiagnosis - have a lot of muscle atrophy
Have changed rehab protocols and now follow combination of the following.

Protocols
http://www.shadygroveortho.com/forms/Pectoral...

http://www.wbamc.amedd.army.mil/PatientCareSe...

Used to bench press 110kg but now long term aim is bench 80kg for reps of 10 or above within 12-18 months.

Would be interested to see how you rehab goes for comparison. Starting bicep curling 5-7kg dumbells and progressing. Tricep exercises are difficult though to involvement of pec. Tend to do light kick backs.

Since: Feb 08

Virginia Beach, VA

#99 May 21, 2008
Hello John of the great UK!

On Monday I was able to perform the following:

(1.) SQUATS
1 set of 135 lbs.(61 kg) for 30 reps
1 set of 155 lbs.(70 kg) for 20 reps
1 set of 185 lbs.(84 kg) for 20 reps
1 set of 205 lbs.(93 kg) for 10 reps
1 set of 225 lbs.(102 kg) for 6 reps

(2.) Seated leg extension - no problems here, obviously.

(3.)....same goes for lying down leg curls.

(4.) Standing calf raises

(5.) Abdominal crunches

(6.) Light shoulders. I was able to take 25 lb. dumbells (11 kg) and shoulder press it for one (1) set of 53 repititions.

(7.) Lots of forearm exercises in an effort get my grip strength back to normal.

Often times I wish I could train with someone who is going through the same pectoralis rehabilitation as I am experiencing.
John

Northampton, UK

#100 May 28, 2008
John DF,

At just on 4 months

I currently do bicep curls with 3-5kg at most. High reps 30+ at a time.

Tried dumbell press with 1.5kg for few reps seemed fine. But stopped doing for a while as unsure of.

ROM is 80-90%
Forward Flexion to 160-170 degrees
Abduction to 90degrees

Relatively pain free.

I had a chronic repair at 4 months old due to mis-diagnosis. I have significant atrophy about left pec and muscle wastage of rotator cuff and deltoid.

Question?

1)During the first 6 weeks what exercises were you allowed to do and which where you not? I think I've been subjected to a very different rehab than most.

2)How many weeks post-op did you return to driving? Whats your surgeon said to do.

3)Have you used any supplements to help with rehab? I've been taking a lot Vit C and Casein Slow Release Protein (High Amino Acid).

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