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Arthroscopic shoulder surgery

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I have had some chronic Shoulder problems over the years. Arthroscopic surgery has been recomended for both but my Rt one is the worst of the 2. ( my shooting shoulder).. I have heard 2 weeks to 4 months recovery time..
I need to be ready for Dove and Teal season( Early Sept). Is his possible? Many web forums say 6 weeks but does that include 12 guage Benelli 3 in magnum??? I am ok with the 20 guage for Teal and Doves but need the 12 for ducks. The Browning BPS10 may be for sale or trade shortly...
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Let me tell you
I had that surgery 10yrs ago and still have trouble at times . But I rushed through the recover process to hurry and get back to work since I was born with a wooden spoon in my mouth (LOL) My Dr was Duval from Laf and he did a great job but I since I rushed my recover I still have trouble I do keep in shape so that helps but I remember not even being to hold a beer without it hurting so take your time and do it when it best suits you...Missing one season is better than having trouble the rest of your life..
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shoulder surgery
Dude, The last thing you want to do is rush your recovery after a rotator cuff repair(if thats the problem). Depending on what has to be done recovery can take 3 months or so. I don't think your orthopod would even consider letting you hunt 6 wks post-op. You'll more than likely be in physical therapy 3 days a week. Rush it and you could pull out the "screws" that hold the repair, I've seen it happen to a guy who just came out of the sling to shower. If it were me and I invested the time/money/pain to fix my shoulder early duck hunting would be out of the question. Oh yea the longer you wait to have the shoulder repaired the worse the prognosis for full recovery. Good Luck
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shoulder scope
I had my left shoulder done April 21. I had a small tear repaired and bone spurs removed. I am almost to 3 months and still cant use it much. First 6 weeks a living hell. After that very stiff and hurts to raise arm overhead. Do the rehab and take it slow. I would say 3 months minimum before any real physical activity. Even now I'm only probably 70%. Shoulders are rough dude, very complicated joint. Good luck.
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Shoulder
Had mine "cleaned out" 2 years ago and it took a full year for it to get back to normal. After 3 months I was asking myself if I had made a mistake but eventually it got fine. It was my non shooting shoulder so I cant say about using a shotgun but if your rehab goes like mine did You wont be ready for Teal season.
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good advise
Not sure where your located but choosing a great surgeon is just as important. Im in the business and can recommend someone in BR if your interested.
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dr savoie
look up dr savoie at tulane sports medicine.. i had my shoulder done by him and it was a couple of very bad tears, spur removals and a reduction.. my recovery was pretty fast as far as shoulders go.. he uses a much more effective technique for the repair.. also, use the gameready cold compress device for pain relief. he prescribes it for you. it was better than any pills i was prescribed.. only problem is it's not generally covered by insurance but i gladly gave up the $200 bucks to use it for two weeks.. like the others said, don't rush it.. another thing, if i was having the same surgery, with the same recovery time TODAY, i might be able to make some of the hunting season, but i really think your going to miss teal unless you learn to shoot left handed.. oh yeah, i killed a lot of ducks with a 20 gauge so you don't have to have the 12.. anyway, call dr savoie.. one thing you want to do is shop around for this surgery and make sure you find the doc that makes you comfortable.. i walked out on two other orthopedics before i finally chose dr savoie..

edit.. i was still posting when BRduckhunter was posting and he is right on about finding the right doc.. i'm in the medical field too, just not ortho, and finding the right doc is a necessity in any area of surgery/medicine.
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Docs
For New Orleans he is right on with Dr. Buddy Savoie
For Baton Rouge Dr. Nick Hatzis or Dr. Mark Fields with Hatzis doing more complicated procedures. With a rotator cuff tear your looking at 4-6 weeks for the tendon to heal back to the bone. Around 12 weeks and you should be comfortable shooting again. The first 6 weeks your healing the second 6 weeks your regaining your strength. Im in the spine field but I deal with alot of Ortho's as well as have friends in ortho sales.
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Surgery
I had my shoulder scoped for torn a torn labrum. I rehabed really hard and was back on the baseball field in 8 weeks. Take the rehab seriousley and sit out the first spilt off enjoy the second.
good luck,
live bait
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extrema 2
go buy you an extrema 2 an youll be ready in a week. almost no recoil
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Recovery
I had my left shoulder repaired middle of last June and was in good enough shape by September to move Gustov debris around. Didn't affect my hunting at all.
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recovery
A lot will depend on your age, phs. condition and what they find once they get inside your shoulder. I had both mine done ,left last june and the right one this last feb. I was working 7 months after first one, I'm about 90% right now with second one.I got cortizone injections last year to put off second untill duck season was over. I would not do that again. DO NOT rush recovery. Dr. Nick Hatzis did both of mine and would recommend him to anyone. Good luck.
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done did it !!!!
It all depends if they have to cut you. Most Dr.'s will tell you before you go in they are going in with the scope but if they have to cut you to fix your problem they will. I had it done by scope and never looked back I was shooting 1 month later. If they cut you, you better stick to the 20. good luck
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Wow some of you guys are scaring me
Hey man, I had my left shoulder repaired last year in June. No lie I was using it, though very lightly with in 1 week. It took me about 3-4 months before I went to the gym again, but was back to 100% within 5-6 months. I think a lot depends on your age and your doctor. I'm in the medical field and can tell you the doctor makes a HUGE difference. If in cenla send me an email and I'll give you the name of my doc.
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thanks so much
I really appreciate everyone's feedback. I am very concerned I will miss the season especially if they find a little more than they think during surgery. Once the MRI's come back I will have to make a decision.. It would be great to put it off until Christmas / New years week when I am already off. That will give me some of hunting season and a week off before returning to work. This is what I was looking for. Real life experiances. Once the MRI's come back I will get other opinions from some of the other doctors listed..
Please continue other life stories on the topic. I really appreciate it.
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mri
Don't rely to much on your M.R.I. findings. Mine didn't show any tears. My doctor said it's it is not uncommon at thats why they go in with a scope to get a good look.
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surgery
Good luck with your surgery and hope you still make the season.If you decide to sell your 10 gauge send me an email.I had the Browning Gold 10 gauge stalker and got rid of it b/c of lack of use.Wish i never did.
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Take it slow
Take your time with the rehab. Unless you are a pro athlete and will lose out on millions of dollars if you don't come back, I would take it easy. If they tell you 3 months give it 4 to 5. Remember why you have the bad shoulders? Probably from some of the activities you have been doing the last couple of years. Now imagine those same activities on a reconstructed shoulder.
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recovering still
I had two rt. shoulder surgeries and you don't want to rush anything. The second surgery was necessary b/c i rushed the first. I had reconstructive both times and it felt like a donkey kicked me in the shoulder the first time i shot. The first one was done while i was 17 and the next at 18. I'm 29 now and still thank Dr. Neil Maki when i have the chance. He is the orthopedic surgeon for the Saints and is located in Thibodaux. Check his creditials and get ready for the season.
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