I have no cartilage remaining on the left side. It's bone on bone. The rotator is fine. Right after surgery I'll be able to reach forward with the left hand (I can use a laptop) but I can't reach far to the the left with the left hand for up to 6 weeks. I can't play a guitar down near the nut. I have my uke all ready. I can play a small uke. The pain has been getting worse and worse for three years. I'm loosing a lot of sleep due to pain. I can't reach up with my left hand. I've been very excited to get it done. The surgeon who's doing my shoulder does 300 of them per year at St. Luke's. He's the man. Cool Doc. I'm just starting to get a little scared. Weird. Oh well.....I'm human. I've never had a surgery like this. I wish I could have the ball that they're going to cut off my arm/shoulder. I could get it bronzed and use it as a paper weight. I'm going to ask one of the nurses to put it in a baggie. Hmmmm.