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Shoulder Replacement

Discussion in 'Shooting Related Threads' started by GibH, Dec 6, 2012.

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  1. GibH

    GibH TS Member

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    Would like to hear from anyone that has had a complete ball & socket shoulder replacement on shooting shoulder. Recovery time & time away from shooting & if you were ok with it.

    Gib Huffman
     
  2. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

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    A friend and fellow Board member at the club had it done. He was shooting within 3 months, normal after 6
     
  3. grntitan

    grntitan Well-Known Member

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    Well I had my left shoulder replaced this past March. However, I am a right handed shooter. For me the recovery was a piece of cake. I believe the reason for this was my (4) prior shoulder surgeries. I sort of knew what to expect and how the rehab would be done. I must say, the replacement surgery was the least painful and fastest recovery of any of the shoulder surgeries I had. The day after my joint replacement I was able to lift my arm over my head. There was very little pain involved post surgery and now 8 1/2 months later I am pain free at least in the shoulder. I would not hesitate one second to have it done all over again.

    As I stated above, mine was not the recoil receiving shoulder. My surgery was done the end of March and I was back shooting trap towards the end of May and competed in a Registered shoot the first week in June.

    Good Luck
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  4. CalvinMD

    CalvinMD Well-Known Member

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    I think thats great they can get you going so quickly...BUT, I think its really unfair I have to compete against all you bionic superdudes!!! ; ))
     
  5. Barry C. Roach

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    Mac1. Why did the doc have to remove the deltoid and bicep muscles? I can't imagine the therapy needed to rehab a shoulder after the removal of both of those muscles. Good luck.
     
  6. Release Trigger

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    Gib & Mac,

    I have had both shoulders totally replaced (left, non shooting shoulder march 2007, right shooting shoulder march 2009) with left I was 5 months before back to shooting 100 per week and probably 9 months before pretty well back to normal and finished with approx 85% rang of motion with 10-15% lose of strength.

    Right shoulder was different, Doc made it a lot tighter (less rang of motion approx 70-75%) as it being the shooting shoulder (surgery was done with this in mind)in late October 2007 I flew to the USA (I am from Sydney Australia)and picked up a Stock-Loc from Pat McCarthy in Ohio he had made to my specs for me in the months prior, we spent the day patterning the gun and getting it set up for me, I was back in Aussie a week later and shot a two day shoot with me getting into two shoot-offs, no wins but good to be back just the same.

    It took me a full 12 months for it to settle down and feel just about new again, the lose of strenght being the big factor, the total lose of pain was the big plus in both operations, as Matt (grntitan) above states the surgeries were a "Piece of cake" with very minimal post operative pain, but the physio was long and tough, 4 times per day for 6 months after the initial 6 weeks in a restricted sling.

    Fast forward to today and having major problems with left shoulder, I slipped stepping into shower (wet soapy floor) and to stop my fall put out my left arm and totally snapped/tore my Rota-Cuff muscle completely from the bone and seperated the new joint, I had an appointment with my specialist yesterday and he stated whilst I will need a complete reverse shoulder in the future we have decided to try and deal with the ongoing pain I know have with anti-inflam medication daily as well as a Steriod needle in shoulder every 6 months or so, which we did yesterday and so far so good, we will asses again in 3-4 weeks and if all is good stick with the plan.

    I shoot a 10 pound K-80 and with the Stock-Loc do not have any re-coil issue's only fatigue as the day goes on, it is now a weight of gun issue with my left shoulder, some years ago with all this up-coming surgery in mind I had a Beretta 391 all tricked out just in case this problem arose and as from this coming weekend I am going to give it a try, it is some 4 pound lighter, so will keep you posted with results.

    I am a young of mind 62 year old, work 12 hour days in my Security business and shoot as much as I possibly can (most every week-end) but my Doc did warn me my life style was not conducive to longevity of my new joints, but hey you only get one shot at this "Life deal" so live it to the fullest I say.
    Matt, Johnny and myself are going ahead with plans for the Grand again next year, Johnny has a medical issue of his own he is dealing with at the moment, (I will fill you in with a PM) but God willing (and the creek don't rise) we will catch up again next summer.

    Sorry to ramble on guy's but I did think some of this info might be helpfull to others.

    Regards, Gary Kennerson. 96 05145. Downunder.
     
  7. larry prior

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    barry i had both shoulders redone and they cut the biceps tendon on both
     
  8. Barry C. Roach

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    Stiff upper lip, Mac. See you in Sparta!
     
  9. grntitan

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    I had previously tore my long head beceps tendon completely loose from the bone on my left shoulder which is the side I had the joint replacement. I did not have it reattached at the time of the injury or anytime after. I asked the surgeon about how it would affect my joint replacement surgery. He said it wouldn't as he would have cut it anyway. Same Doc as you Barry(Yamaguchi).
     
  10. Barry C. Roach

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    Big difference between cutting those muscles' tendons and removing both of them. Woof
     
  11. grntitan

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    That is true.....
     
  12. mooney

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    I had a complete shoulder replacement in 2002. I was in rehab for two months and back shooting in four. I cannot bench better than 135 and my range of motion is limited (not much) I have found that doing "wall crawlers" and working with my Body Blade improve the range of motion and keep the shoulder from getting stiff. Remember to listen to your therapist and do the exercises he /she recommends. Your shoulder will never be the same as it was when you were 21, but, by continuing with your exercises daily you will get a much better result.

    Mooney-Glenn Wedding
     
  13. Bruce Specht

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    Talk to your Dr about how soon to shoot after replacement surgery. I'm right handed and had my left shoulder replaced twice as I wore the first one out oin 12 years, too much golf I guess. After each surgery both the two replacments and the other three less invasive recovery time varied. Stay focused on the rehab and do what you can to reduce recoil, when I started back shooting I went to a lighter gun from 12 to a 20 for hunting and trap. As my shoulder gain strenght I went back to the 12.
     
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