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shoulder replacement surgery:anyonehave it done?

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  • shoulder replacement surgery:anyonehave it done?

    I need my shoulder joint replaced. Bad enough that meds or PT will not help it and I am ok with getting it done, it is just the timing. Anyone have it done and how long before you were back in the saddle? I am debating on having it done right away or waiting until after show season.

  • #2
    I just asked the same thing about hip replacement and was helpfully re-directed by my Forum friends to the "Disabilities" page; there I found lots of information. So you might re-post over there.


    • #3
      I had a 4-part humeral fracture and was given the option of replacement or repair. I did the repair, but was told that replacement would have put me out of the saddle for 3-4 months. I almost wish I'd gone with it instead of the pins/screws/months of PT! Good luck! I may need a replacement some day so your tale is of interest to me.
      Proud member of the "Don't rush to kill wildlife" clique!


      • Original Poster

        I talked to the nurse and she told me two weeks in a sling then 3 months of not lifting things much heavier than a cup of coffee, which includes lifting one's self into the saddle, or in fact, lifting a saddle! So, this will need to wait until fall! Motrin here I come!


        • #5
          It takes 1 year for the shoulder to heal completely after total shoulder replacement,weeks and weeks of post-op therapy


          • #6
            I just found out I have to have a shoulder replacement
            Did you have yours? Can you tell me something about what it was like.
            I'm in the same boat you were as I'm trying to figure out when to do it
            Probably the winter. Did you do only one shoulder? I have to do both
            At different times obviously.


            • #7
              I didn't have a replacement, but did have extensive shoulder work done mid-April 2014. I was in a sling with strict orders to not move it at all for 2 weeks (I couldn't have anyway, it *hurt*). I started PT at that point, 3 days/week and I think I got on my quiet mare for the first time in June. I couldn't tack up or jump, and mounting/dismounting was tricky. I didn't feel like it was strong enough to 'really' ride with until Aug or so.

              I was told a year for full recovery, and honestly I still have quite a bit of pain. Enough that I'll get another MRI in a few weeks and see what the next step is.

              Shoulders are complicated and no joke to have worked on/replaced. The recovery is long and uncomfortable. Good luck!
              Last edited by ElementFarm; Jul. 22, 2015, 03:31 PM.
              A good man can make you feel sexy, strong, and able to take on the world.... oh, sorry.... that's wine...wine does that...



              • #8
                I did not have my shoulder replaced, but broke my collar bone into 10 pieces - had that replaced with a six inch plate and five screws. Also, rotator cuff repair and bicep tendon surgery. Also broke or cracked all my ribs on my right side. All done and back to riding in seven months - that was 19 years ago. I followed the Doctor's instructions (mostly) and have had great result.


                • #9
                  My mother had a full shoulder replacement. She is no longer on the planet, so can not answer you directly. She was early Alzheimer's when it was done. She had the ball and socket replaced, after years of pain with it. She was uncomfortable for a few days, but wanted to ice it for the pain, and that seemed to help. She was in hospital for about a week I seem to remember (this is close to 20 years ago). She was a bit tender for a while, but immediately felt much better, must less pain. Within a few weeks, she had forgotten that it had ever been done. She had no "rehab" to do, and was not terribly active, but very quickly was feeling normal, and doing the things that she wanted to do. Since she was not a rider (well past that time of life), I can't say what a doctor would have said about that, how long before riding would be an acceptable risk. But it was about the most successful surgery that a person could have. And an easy recovery, for her. Good luck with yours!