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    Default Rotator cuff surgery : down time for riding?

    I finally went in for an apt. with a orthopedic surgeon for 2 issues. My shoulder that was dislocated and my hand that has not been well since an accident 3 months ago.
    He feels that I have a torn rotator cuff and apparently I hit the worst possible spot in my elbow. I cannot spread my fingers apart or put my middle finger over my pointer finger, I have numbness running through my hand. I'd like to use my hand again so I'm likely to go ahead with a surgical solution there but I am wondering what the sucess rate vs. time away from riding is for this surgery.



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    Default I WAS OFF 110 DAYS BUT DURING ICE AND SNOW MADE IT THAT LONG `

    I WAS OFF 110 DAYS BUT SNOW AND ICE PLAYED A HUGE PART IN EXTENDING THE DELAY IN RIDING AGAIN...

    I WAS ORDERED TO STAY AWAY= NOT NEAR A HORSE OR PONY= OTHER SIDE OF FENCE !!! FOR EIGHT WEEKS... TO PREVENT BEING BUMPED...

    SEARCH THIS SUBJECT LOTS OF THREADS & POSTS

    IF YOU NEED ANY DETAILS JUST ASK.. LIKE HOW TO SET UP YOUR RECLINER FOR AFTER SURGERY ... LITTLE THINGS MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENCE

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    It is not a quick recovery. Shoulders are insanely complicated joints, and the post-surgical rehab is essential.

    While I did not have RC surgery, (shattered my upper arm/humerus head) I watched many, many people in PT who did. It is a slow, methodical process and quite painful at the beginning. I think I could lead you thru your exercises, I've done many of them and watched my PT work on several folks.

    You will not be riding for at least 3 months, is my guess. (Mind you, I had 4 surgeries and an injection and spent 8 months in rehab).

    You will sleep sitting up or at least on a couch on pillows for a few weeks. I was on the couch for 4 months (again, mine was a bit more complicated).

    Feel free to PM me, if you want specifics on your rehab or clever "how to's" for managing recovery.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zu Zu View Post
    I WAS OFF 110 DAYS BUT SNOW AND ICE PLAYED A HUGE PART IN EXTENDING THE DELAY IN RIDING AGAIN...

    I WAS ORDERED TO STAY AWAY= NOT NEAR A HORSE OR PONY= OTHER SIDE OF FENCE !!! FOR EIGHT WEEKS... TO PREVENT BEING BUMPED...

    SEARCH THIS SUBJECT LOTS OF THREADS & POSTS

    IF YOU NEED ANY DETAILS JUST ASK.. LIKE HOW TO SET UP YOUR RECLINER FOR AFTER SURGERY ... LITTLE THINGS MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF DIFFERENCE

    GOOD LUCK ~
    Listen to Zu-Zu, she walked me thru shoulder surgery and sent me a list of all I had to get to be able to function after the surgery.

    A BIG HELP she was, it went extremely well, as it would when you have an idea of what will happen and all little details worked out already.

    I just started riding, surgery was in April.
    I too was told not to even get close to a horse or work around one, as a light pull before the shoulder was working well could tear everything out again and you don't want to redo it.
    Riding is not the problem, is handling horses and getting on and off that may tear the shoulder again.

    Therapy is a breeze, if you don't mind doing 5 minutes of exercises every hour, ten times a day at first.



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    Ok thanks so much for the honest replies. Now that I am having a moment of reality I think I'll opt out of surgery. I cannot take off that much time but I do need to get the elbow fixed since that hand is extremely weak and uncoordinated. It involves moving the nerve and shouldn't be too bad.



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    Mr P had arthroscopic surgery for bone chipe in the elbos and they also moved the ulnar nerve. He was playing golf within a few weeks
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    Whoa! I'd say you are just putting off the inevitable--either have it all fixed at once, or you'll be doing the RC fairly soon down the road. Please consult with your ortho, as RC is minor compared to a major shoulder reconstruct from falling/hitting/tearing more of it when you use your weakened shoulder and an accident happens.

    Sure, it hurts, and yeah, rehab for the first 10 days is intense. I'm a worse case scenario gal--and it was manageable.

    If you are a horse professional, call on your colleagues to back you up at this time, and you'll be back at it before you know it!
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    Thank you CC unfortunately I am a pro and own my own property so I am constantly lifting feed, jumps, etc.
    It's been 2 1/2 years since the original dislocation so I have been living with the discomfort and it's only occasionally really painful. I'm going to go ahead with the MRI this upcoming Sunday and then the ortho will look at it on Monday.
    If I can ride but have someone doing the heavy lifting for a few months that would be great.
    Edit to add: I'd be really happy if they could do everything at once but the elbow will likely be done by a hand or plastic surgeon and the shoulder by the ortho I saw yesterday, he told me he is a shoulder specialist and won't touch the elbow.



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    I too waited two years for surgery, not by choice, other kept coming up, like emergency gallbladder surgery and such.
    We kept having to postpone that surgery.

    Not knowing what is wrong with your shoulder, hard to say.
    I had a big spur cutting the main bicep tendon and we almost waited too long.
    The surgeon had to make larger repairs to that tendon than if he could have worked on it two years earlier.
    The rotary cuff tear just needed three anchors and cleaning up and that was ok, didn't tear any more in those two years.

    Check with your ortho, he will tell you if it can wait and how long.



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