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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 12-06-2007, 07:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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Shoulder surgery....

Well, I finally got my Pre-op appointment for my shoulder surgery. I've been fighting my ships medical department for nearly a year trying to get something done. All this stems from a dislocation from about 7 yrs ago. So, now I've got about a month of waiting till they cut me open and fix what ever's wrong (torn labrel). I'm just hopping my body heals fast like it normally does, so I can get back into the gym. I haven't been able to lift since about June, and it's killin' me (that's my "place of Zen" ). Luckily, it's getting to that winter weather point too. So, I wont be out too much ridding either. Has anyone here had to endure shoulder surgery? I know it's not gonna be fun, but it'd be nice to get a clue from someone who's gone through it before.
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Well, I finally got my Pre-op appointment for my shoulder surgery. I've been fighting my ships medical department for nearly a year trying to get something done. All this stems from a dislocation from about 7 yrs ago. So, now I've got about a month of waiting till they cut me open and fix what ever's wrong (torn labrel). I'm just hopping my body heals fast like it normally does, so I can get back into the gym. I haven't been able to lift since about June, and it's killin' me (that's my "place of Zen" ). Luckily, it's getting to that winter weather point too. So, I wont be out too much ridding either. Has anyone here had to endure shoulder surgery? I know it's not gonna be fun, but it'd be nice to get a clue from someone who's gone through it before.
i broke by scapula in a dirtbike getoff and it hurt like hell. when it healed it healed bad and they went in and removed like 8mm from my clavicle. that sucked bad. the best thing i think you can do is follow the instructions and dont try to lift etc too soon. it may take you longer to heal that way. good luck
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I'm going in to have both my shoulders checked in the morning. I'll be watching your recovery to see what I might expect.

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Glad to hear you finally got the chance to fix it, hope everything goes well...
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just make sure you give LOTS of time to recovery before you start working out. Nothing will set you back like having to start all over on the recovery process. Had a really bad back accident and it still gets me at times, but i have to stop immediately for days when I feel it acting up. If i keep going i now know that i'll be out of the gym for a least a month or longer if i push it.


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i broke by scapula in a dirtbike getoff and it hurt like hell. when it healed it healed bad and they went in and removed like 8mm from my clavicle. that sucked bad. the best thing i think you can do is follow the instructions and dont try to lift etc too soon. it may take you longer to heal that way. good luck

Whew... I couldn't imagine the pain involved w/ that!


I know that this time, I need to really watch my recovery and do things right. It just sux, cause I tend to be a very impatient person, and want things to be fixed now, and in the gym tomorrow. I had re-injured it last year while I was on deployment, I think that was part of the delay in helping me (they didn't want to fly me off the ship to get a x-ray/ MRI) but, because of my stuborness, I'm pretty sure I did even more damage to it. But now, not only do I need to be back in the gym, the wife and I would like to start our family, and I want to be able to pick up our kids as the get bigger (to a point . I've already been threatened by the ships Doc to put me on report for working, even though I'm not supposed to be lifting/ moving things right now. I can't help it sometimes. I guess I just don't want to seem like one of those people who milks their injury (I'm sure y'all know what I'm talking about)
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Good luck with the surgery and the recovery. I haven't been able to lift now for a few months because of torn rotators and other medical conditions. Can't do anything about the shoulder at the moment, so I've been taking it sort of easy until I can (hopefully next year sometime).

Oh, BTW, friend of mine had shoulder surgery a couple of years ago. It took him about six months to be able to lift moderately light weights (3 months before he touched a weight heavier than 3#) as he recovered. 18 months after surgery, he was competing in powerlifting again. Holds a few 55+ master's records for the state.

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Good luck with the surgery and the recovery. I haven't been able to lift now for a few months because of torn rotators and other medical conditions. Can't do anything about the shoulder at the moment, so I've been taking it sort of easy until I can (hopefully next year sometime).

Oh, BTW, friend of mine had shoulder surgery a couple of years ago. It took him about six months to be able to lift moderately light weights (3 months before he touched a weight heavier than 3#) as he recovered. 18 months after surgery, he was competing in powerlifting again. Holds a few 55+ master's records for the state.

Like I've said I normally am a pretty stubborn person, and do as I see fit (hell broken my hand 4 times aqnd the earliest I've gone to the Doc was about 8 days after the fact), but I think I'm gonna do it right this time. I miss the gym so damn much, and considering that right before this happened I was at my biggest size, best strength, and best overall appearance than ever before (it's hard to get a 6'5" fram to not look lanky). I'm getting more and more excited and nervous everyday.
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i have my both shoulders dislocated. but i learned to live with it.
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no surgery, but i looked thru my medical record last night, and i went to medical no less than 10 times in a 6 year period for motocross injuries, best of which was an A/C separation (shoulder). all i got was a sling and "motrin the wonder drug" for that one. had three ankle injuries, two leg/thigh lacerations that needed stitches, and two wrist sprains. needless to say, i don't miss being injured.

but, i walked away from 19 years of motocross/supercross riding without a single broken bone.


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Like I've said I normally am a pretty stubborn person, and do as I see fit (hell broken my hand 4 times aqnd the earliest I've gone to the Doc was about 8 days after the fact), but I think I'm gonna do it right this time. I miss the gym so damn much, and considering that right before this happened I was at my biggest size, best strength, and best overall appearance than ever before (it's hard to get a 6'5" fram to not look lanky). I'm getting more and more excited and nervous everyday.

Believe me, I've tried to lift numerous times since my shoulder issues came on. In fact, I even competed with slightly damaged shoulders, and that's what led to a completely torn rotator. I'm lucky most days to be able to pick up a gallon of milk in my right arm as the pain is intense, and the strength just isn't there.

As to the other condition, let's just say that when you develop a heart condition that prevents you from taxing yourself, there's not a whole lot you can do. Pretty sad compared to what I was doing last year.
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no surgery, but i looked thru my medical record last night, and i went to medical no less than 10 times in a 6 year period for motocross injuries, best of which was an A/C separation (shoulder). all i got was a sling and "motrin the wonder drug" for that one. had three ankle injuries, two leg/thigh lacerations that needed stitches, and two wrist sprains. needless to say, i don't miss being injured.

but, i walked away from 19 years of motocross/supercross riding without a single broken bone.
You're Doomed! Grab some wood and knock on it till your hand bleeds.

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You're Doomed! Grab some wood and knock on it till your hand bleeds.
No dirt bike anymore....only reason I said it. :

Believe me, I know ALL ABOUT that superstition stuff...had my "lucky" shirt on every mission in the desert....and it worked.


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no surgery, but i looked thru my medical record last night, and i went to medical no less than 10 times in a 6 year period for motocross injuries, best of which was an A/C separation (shoulder). all i got was a sling and "motrin the wonder drug" for that one. had three ankle injuries, two leg/thigh lacerations that needed stitches, and two wrist sprains. needless to say, i don't miss being injured.

but, i walked away from 19 years of motocross/supercross riding without a single broken bone.

Trust me, I would def rather not go to medical. Hell Portsmouth Naval Hospital laughs at our medical dept. every time I mention it. It just sux, 'cause when I have a "REAL" injury they seem more worried about some jackass w/ the sniffles and headache.
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Well, I finally got my surgery back on the 2nd. Everything went well, though, when they got in there they found a lot more damage. Here's some pics the Doc kept for me....

The 1st two pics (top row) are from the front of my shoulder basically showing what it "should" look like. The last 4 are from the back of the shoulder showing the initial damage, then as they cleaned it up and stiched it. I just can't wait to get back on the bike and in the gym!!! It's driving me nuts!
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I managed to rip my rotator cuff off of my colllor bone bailing off of my Diamond Back.
After the crash my left arm was sticking out of my chest. Not fun! 18 months later my doctor finally believed me when I sneezed in his office and blew it out in front of him.

Well 6 months after surgery it finally felt good again.

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Well, I finally got my surgery back on the 2nd. Everything went well, though, when they got in there they found a lot more damage. Here's some pics the Doc kept for me....

The 1st two pics (top row) are from the front of my shoulder basically showing what it "should" look like. The last 4 are from the back of the shoulder showing the initial damage, then as they cleaned it up and stiched it. I just can't wait to get back on the bike and in the gym!!! It's driving me nuts!
I don't really understand the images, but look hurts to me...

Glad the surgery went well, and hope you will have a speedy recovery...
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I managed to rip my rotator cuff off of my colllor bone bailing off of my Diamond Back.
After the crash my left arm was sticking out of my chest. Not fun! 18 months later my doctor finally believed me when I sneezed in his office and blew it out in front of him.
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I don't really understand the images, but look hurts to me...

Glad the surgery went well, and hope you will have a speedy recovery...
The top two images were taken from the front of the shoulder. The gap is between the ball and socket. It's kind of a "how it's supposed to look" picture. The last four pics were taken from the back of the shoulder and are the various stages of clean up and what not. Center left is a pic of part of the tear before any work was done. The ligament that was torn was the Labral. It was kind of described to me like a gasket between the socket. They had to flip it back into position and sew it back together w/ kevlar stiches. In the last pic (bottom right) you can see a little bit of one of the stiches.

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wow, hows it feeling
Actually it's feeling pretty damn good. I'm typically a pretty quick healer. The physical therapist was amazed at how much movement I had at just 2 weeks post-op. I'm still taking it very easy as I want to be back in the gym so damn bad! I haven't been able to lift since last June!!!

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I managed to rip my rotator cuff off of my colllor bone bailing off of my Diamond Back.
After the crash my left arm was sticking out of my chest. Not fun! 18 months later my doctor finally believed me when I sneezed in his office and blew it out in front of him.

Well 6 months after surgery it finally felt good again.

Stick wiyh the rehab and dont push any more than the techs tell you to
WOW..... I bet that felt good

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