Mike’s story: ‘Phenomenal’ rotator cuff surgery
Thursday, June 9, 2016
Mike Mason knew he’d injured his right shoulder. He’d played sports since he was a kid. He knew the signs. Still, he kept going, plugging away despite nagging pain.
“I golfed for a whole year with it torn,” Mason says. “If I would golf two days in a row, I’d wake up in the middle of the night with a lot of pain in the back of my shoulder. I’m left-handed, so my right shoulder is the one doing most of the work with my golf swing.”
“I could delay it if I wanted. But if I delayed it, I might not be able to golf four or five years down the road,” says Mason, who is 62 and retired. “To lose a year of golf, I’ll take that over not playing after 65.”
So Mason had surgery in March 2015, then went through almost six months of physical therapy. He worked out multiple times a day to strengthen the shoulder and regain his range of motion.
“We weren’t entirely sure his tear would be repairable, but we got it repaired,” Hennigan says. “He took his chance on the narrow road and he managed to navigate it and he’s doing very well.”
The result was worth the wait. Mason – who says his life revolves around golf – is back on the course.
“So far, it’s been phenomenal,” says Mason, who lives in De Pere. “I didn’t lose any range of motion. Now I don’t even think about it. I just let it go.”
Shawn Hennigan, MD, is a Board Certified orthopaedic surgeon. He is also fellowship trained in Shoulder and Elbow Surgery. Among other notable achievements, Dr. Hennigan performed the region’s first reverse total shoulder replacement.