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Date: 6/6/12 0:45 AM

I just found out I'm heading in for shoulder surgery in a couple of weeks and wanted to get a sling or two sewn up while I still have 2 hands to work with, which leaves out using the one they send me home in as a pattern!

I've seen different slings on the web but no deminsions or anything for making one up for an adult. Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated!

Nancy

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Date: 6/6/12 11:24 AM

Slings are made of heavy, specialized fabrics, with protective design features to match. They are fairly cheap:

http://www.google.com/search?q=arm+sling&ie=UTF-8&oe=UTF-8&hl=en&client=safari

and frankly, I suspect you would be more comfortable with the commercial products.

Which would leave you free in the next couple of weeks to sew something pretty.

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Date: 6/6/12 11:56 AM

I made one once. After studying lots of pictures of arm slings, I drafted one using my dad's arm measurements and made it using cotton fabric and interfaced and lined to give it some structure and made padded straps for it as well. I made the straps adjustable.

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Date: 6/6/12 7:00 PM

If it were me I wouldn't try and sew a sling for postop shoulder surgery. Slings for shoulder surgery are very sophisticated and include pads, pillows and straps that keep the arm positioned properly and immobilized. The amount of abduction/adduction and internal/external rotation that the arm needs to be maintained in is different for each type of shoulder surgery. The surgeon may have a general idea of what will be needed ahead of surgery but it all can change once he gets in there too.

My husband had an unusual rotator cuff injury after a fall and needed surgery. He had to wear his sling full time for 6 weeks other than showering. He wasn't even able to do passive exercises. I don't see any way his sling could have been duplicated through home sewing.

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Date: 6/7/12 1:40 PM

Thanks for all your input! I think I will check out the site recommended to see what is available, I do have plenty of other things I'm trying to get taken care of. I'm told they only send you home with one sling...I cannot see running around with only one to use, I would prefer to have a second one, if in not the best one to be using, so that I can launder the other and still be able to be comfortable.

Well at least after this I will be back to sewing before too long! Even if the garments will have to be button ups to accomodate the shoulder for a while!

Thanks again!!
Nancy

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Date: 6/7/12 7:49 PM

You might not be able to wash the sling. My DH's sling wasn't launderable. They may prescribe something different for you though.

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Date: 6/7/12 8:02 PM

A lot depends on what kind of shoulder surgery you are facing. In many cases, the doc will want the operated parts to rest in a very particular relationship to each other while healing takes place. If that turns out to be the case, we are not discussing a mere support device, like the primitive 'sling' that you see being rigged up on TV shows.

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