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A medical question on shoulder surgery recovery(11 posts)

A medical question on shoulder surgery recoveryMel Erickson
Dec 18, 2002 6:17 AM
About a month ago I had arthroscopic surgery on my right shoulder (right handed) to repair some tears, smooth out a rough rotator cuff and shave off a bone spur. How long does recovery usually take from this kind of surgery? I'm a month out and it hurts, I can only do stretching, no strengthening for another two weeks. I'm sleeping propped up because it aches to sleep any other way. Is this normal? As you can probably tell I'm getting frustrated. BTW, the injury was from mountain biking September of last year. That'll teach me!
re: A medical question on shoulder surgery recoveryChen2
Dec 18, 2002 6:38 AM
Based on my wife's recent experience I'd say full recovery may take one year, but you can be 80 - 90% recovered in 4 - 6 months. Therapy is very important. If you're not working out with a therapist I'd recommend that you find a good one.
are you going to physical therapy?cyclopathic
Dec 18, 2002 6:47 AM
highly reccomend. Insurance covers it and good phys therapist will help to restore motion range and balance muscles. Sorry can't comment on schoulder, but with knees it took 8 weeks of therapy then a month after. Generally it takes 3-4mo to recover to 90% level and somewhere from 6mo to 1 year to 100%.


PS speaking of mnt biking my harderst (and stupedest) crashes happend on road ;-) Examples include clipping temporary road construction sign at 23mph /was riding head down against wind/ or washing out at 30mph+ on downhill turn /gravel/.
re: A medical question on shoulder surgery/2 weeks behind you!RTC
Dec 18, 2002 7:41 AM
Dislocated mine late Sept. playing hockey and just got it arthroscopically done as well. Had a partial tear of the RC and rough edges as well, labrium was all shredded up. I searched for Bankart lesion and came up with a site that really spelled it out well.

From what I got out of it says 6 months max till back to 100% and my doc said to wear sling for 5 weeks and then I'm guessing 4-8 weeks of PT. I'm aiming for Mar. 1 to be back on the bike, will ride the recumbant at the gym until then. So far I only slept propped up 1 night, and then I used a pillow to prop up my arm.

Luckily, I'm a leftie and got my right shoulder cut on. Typing this reply is tough and so is driving. Have to snake the keys in the ignition thru the sterring wheel.

E-mail if you want that site.

Broken 1/91-had surgery4/91-messengered again 6/91. (nm)onespeed
Dec 18, 2002 8:05 AM
My Question to You:blownpupil
Dec 18, 2002 8:26 AM
Why don't you ask your orthopedist?

Why would you think a random group of cyclists would know more about recovery from shoulder surgery?

Even if everyone responding had the a)exact same injury, b) same surgical procedure, c) same recovery, d) same post-op complaints, e) same prior medical conditions, I guarantee you your orthopedic surgeon can help you more.
I agree. (nm)Chen2
Dec 18, 2002 8:42 AM
My answer to youMel Erickson
Dec 18, 2002 9:06 AM
For the same reason you might ask a friend. Sharing commom experiences is helpful. I've also got a back problem and I've gotten lots of tips from others with similar problems that have helped me. Therapists and Ortho's don't know everything and have alot of patients to see and treat. The amount of time they can spend with you is limited. I also like to take my share of responsibility for my improvement. It helps to hear from someone who's gone through something similar. They can often tell you if what you're experiencing is within the normal range of the bell curve. BTW, I saw my PT yesterday and my Ortho today. I'm being a good boy, just frustrated.
re: A medical question on shoulder surgery recoveryKary
Dec 18, 2002 1:10 PM
I had my shoulder reconstructed 12 years ago. The Orthopedist and PT were conservative in their time estimates. They will be afraid of you re-injuring the shoulder. My Dr. was more concerned about me taking a spill and damaging the shoulder some more. Let your doctors and your body be your guides. It seemed like a long recovery but 12 years later I am still riding. Hang in there.
re: A medical question on shoulder surgery recoveryrrodrigz
Dec 18, 2002 1:49 PM
As an MD (Plastic Surgery) who does some hand surgery, deal with rehab issues, and has had a shoulder injury, I feel qualified to give the following advice. 1- See your ortho surgeon and or rehab person about this. I, as an MD, would be extremely reluctant to offer advice online,sight unseen. 2- If the ortho surgeon is not helpful, seek out a Physiatrist (Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation).
If there is a sympathetic soul who feels he can help even if he's not an MD or Physical Therapist, offer sympathies and urge the person to get seen by a professional. Every case is different, that's why you need to be seen.
re: A medical question on shoulder surgery recoverywacomme
Dec 18, 2002 5:08 PM
I did the same thing mountain biking a year before you had your accident. I had shoulder surgery in January, 2002. It seemed like forever before I could sleep comfortably and not think about my shoulder. It was around Thanksgiving when I noticed my shoulder seemed normal. While I don't consider my shoulder as good as it was before surgery (maybe it's that I haven't been to the gym for awhile and I'm out of shape), it's no longer a daily thought.

Yes. A year is about right. My foot surgery (more painful at first than shoulder surgery) healed faster than my shoulder.