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  1. kolar one

    kolar one TS Member

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    Any shooters out there ever have a complete shoulder replacement?Doctor says mine is in bad shape and thats what I need.Anybody that had this procedure please respond.Thanks,Stan.
     
  2. GW22

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    Stan:

    I had it done after unsuccessful arthroscopic surgery and more than 15 dislocations. The shoulder is the most complex joint in the human body and the operation is quite involved. Nowhere near as many total shoulder replacements have been done as hips and knees, so the technology is a little behind (still pretty amazing though). It's very easy to botch the job and the results vary widely. So, the most important thing I can tell you is this: It's your body, and your future, so choose your surgeon very carefully. He should be a dedicated shoulder specialist who operates on multiple shoulders every single week -- not one of those small town all-purpose orthopedic guys who does an occasional shoulder. Ask him respectfully, but point blank how many TOTAL SHOULDER REPLACEMENTS he has PERSONALLY handled as lead surgeon (not his surgical group, or other joint replacements, or helped as an assisting surgeon). If he responds with anything other than a number over 50, head for the door and let him do his training on someone else. Hopefully your surgeon, like mine, will have personally done hundreds of total replacements. If he proudly gives you a big number, ask for several patient names and phone numbers for references. Call those people and ask lots of questions. No good surgeon will have any problem at all giving you this information. In fact, top surgeons will proudly do so.

    If you do your homework in choosing a surgeon, and follow the physical therapy regimen exactly as told, you will very likely be enjoying a dramatically improved quality of life a few months later. After a decade of suffering, I was thrilled to finally sleep thru the night again without being awakened by pain.

    Good luck to you. PM me if you have specific questions I can help you with.

    -Gary
     
  3. Hauser

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    \Stan


    I had a complete (right) shoulder replacement in 2002. I was back shooting in less than 3 weeks.


    Jerry Hauser
     
  4. Big Jack

    Big Jack Well-Known Member

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    They installed a reverse shoulder replacement in my right shoulder in January after three botched up Ortho surgeries..I was advised not to shoot from that shoulder again, so am in the process of switching to southpaw. Must admit I have motion in that arm I haven't had for the last two years. And no PAIN any longer! Learning to shoot left handed is a bitch.... I've become a one eyed shooter for the first time and still don't have all the mechanics figured out just yet.

    Big Jack
     
  5. Release Trigger

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    Kolar One,

    I have had Total replacements of both shoulders, Left July 08, Right March 09.

    Doc would not allow shooting for 6 monhts left and 9-12 months right.

    I am now back to full competition shooting better scores than ever, no pain what so ever, it is great to be able to sleep 6-7 hours per night in a bed, I used to sleep sitting upright in lounge chair.

    Big Jack, Glad to see you finally had the surgery, hope it all works out for you and you master the left hand conversion.

    GW22 Nailed it get the best surgeon you can, this is major surgery that will affect the rest of your life, I was lucky enough to have my business across the road from the best Shoulder surgeon in Australia.
    He only does shoulders, 150 plus per year, the loss of pain is the biggest benefit and also my wife and staff enjoy being around me once again, I was not the nicest person to be around whilst in constant pain.

    Good luck, life is to short to live with the constant pain, and remember physio, physio, physio and some more physio the more you put in the more you get back, PM me if you wish and will answer any and all questions/concerns.

    Regards,

    Gary Kennerson 96 05145. Sydney, Australia.
     
  6. Bruce Specht

    Bruce Specht Well-Known Member

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    Stan, GW is dead on I've had five surgeries on my left shoulder. Including a replacement 15 years ago. Two years ago I had the replacement replaced (socket) after 15 years the socket loosened ad need to be removed. I weent back to the surgeon that did the replacement I have 95% of full range of motion and no pain. If you have any questions I'd be happy to talk with you if your in the Chicago area my Dos's name is James Hill out of Arlington Heights ,Il he is awesome.
     
  7. Barry C. Roach

    Barry C. Roach Well-Known Member

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