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post #1 of 15 Old Apr 18th, 2008, 7:18 am Thread Starter
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Going under the knife.

Shoulder surgery set for 4/22 6:30am. Torn rotator cuff and 3 ligaments. Dr said up to 6 months for full recovery. I want to get on the bike in six weeks if I can. It was my last hockey game as I was retiring, just retired 40 min. early! Anyone out there with the same experience?


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post #2 of 15 Old Apr 18th, 2008, 7:34 am
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Re: Going under the knife.

Hey Steve,

Best of luck with the cutting, but being a hockey player you're probably used to it.
Let's plan a couple short rides and then a trip to Southwestern WI is a must for this season.
Again, all the best,
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Steve as a trained professional I do not think you will be back on the back that quickly.
I would be more than happy to talk with you about your current situation, if you would like PM me and I will give you my number.
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Have you on my list... all the best !!!

Do the physical therapy... riding the bike.. well, just don't overdo it.. and remember to be VERY careful...

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Re: Going under the knife.

I am also due to go under the knife twice this year one of them will take me of riding a month and the other maybe two months. And concidering where I live and if I got those surgeries right after each other then the summer driving would be over if they start a soon as may.

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I would hope that it is an arthroscopic surgery which is usually less recovery time. I had my shoulder done in 1975 (also due to hockey) in two surgeries - one to repair it and another to remove the pin and screws. I seem to recall that the first required about six weeks to recover and the second about two. I did not have a rotator cuff done, just ligaments. I wish you well and a speedy recovery.

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My wife (RN) works in surgery as first assist, pain clinic and recovery room for Tucson Orthopedic Institute. It was her opinion that you will not be riding a motorcycle in 6 weeks after rotator cuff surgery.

On the plus side she said lifting beer cans is good therapy.

She also said to be diligent about your rehab or she would come there and spank you!
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Re: Going under the knife.

Thanks for all the replies. I spoke to gglove today and he pretty much laid it out as I will not be riding soon unless I have divine intervention. I will be more diligent with the rehab then ever before. Seeing as the riding season is only so long here.
It will be arthroscopic surgery and I know my knees did very well after those, but this is a BIT different.


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post #9 of 15 Old Apr 18th, 2008, 5:14 pm
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I had arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery about 5 years ago. I had been in so much pain before the surgery that the recovery was a piece of cake, so much so that the doctor repeatedly told me to take it easy. Hopefully, you haven't waited as long as I did to have the surgery. Best of luch in your recovery.

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Shoulder surgery set for 4/22 6:30am. Torn rotator cuff and 3 ligaments. Dr said up to 6 months for full recovery. I want to get on the bike in six weeks if I can. :
I do not want to burst your bubble, but, I am certain you will not be riding in 6 weeks. I had rotator cuff surgery (a partial tear) in Dec,2005. My surgeon strongly advised me to be ultra careful for the first 3 months and very careful for the following 3-month period. It was a full year before I was pushing the same amount of weight at the gym as I was before the surgery, thus, I consider my "full" recovery to have been at least 12 months. Although it was very painful, I am extremely glad I had the surgery. My shoulder had become a real impairment to everyday activities. It is nice to be able to get into a shirt or a jacket again without severe pain.

I didn't ride the LT until late July of 2006 (eight months after surgery) because I did not want to risk tearing the cuff and going through surgery again. The recovery from rotator cuff surgery is quite painful as you will soon discover; messing up the surgeons work by trying to engage in any activity that places even a minor strain on the shoulder too soon after surgery will buy you another appointment in the OR.

You can take this advice for what it's worth: DO NOT RUSH YOUR RECOVERY!!

Be careful, and PM me if you think any of my recovery experiences may be helpful to you.
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My wife (RN) works in surgery as first assist, pain clinic and recovery room for Tucson Orthopedic Institute. It was her opinion that you will not be riding a motorcycle in 6 weeks after rotator cuff surgery.

On the plus side she said lifting beer cans is good therapy.

She also said to be diligent about your rehab or she would come there and spank you!
Oh? I am refusing to do my rehab!

Don't know if you have had cuff surgery before, but its a tough one. Don't rush the bike ride or you could be on your way to other surgeries...this is one of those times when the quote " If you don't have time to do it right the first time, you certainly won't have time to do it again!"

Miller...I PM'd you my address...rehab is for quitters!

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I hope you have a good recliner, as the repaired arm will be completely immobilized for some time. My best buddy had that surgery, and he slept better on the recliner than his bed!

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I had both shoulders done (a year apart). While it wasn't any fun, I did pretty much get over it. You certainly shouldn't even be thinking about riding after six weeks. It takes quite a bit longer to get your strength back. Sorry about that!
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Well I have two recliners to choose from so that's set. Anyone can help themselves to the LT as IT is ready to ride.
I tore the shoulder up just 2 weeks ago so I and my DR are getting to it asap. Believe me when I say I will not rush any rehab. This has been in the worst pain ever, and I have broken/torn many a body part. But if I am not ready, so be it.


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