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    How long to recover from shoulder surgery

    After being toyed about by my HMO for over two months my shoulder surgery where two ligaments will be reattached to my rotor cuff is planned for June 30. Been riding almost my normal amount after the first two weeks. I could not have given up probably four months of cycling. My stregnth would have been gone.
    So now I am told it might be two more months before my shoulder is normal.. This is been awful.. Constant numbing pain. Can't pick up much weight or it has taken several weeks before I could tie my shoe.
    So I have a 430 mile tour planned in late September.. After maybe three weeks, I might be able to get on my trainer. Doctor will probably scream at me if I get out on the road before 6 weeks. Recall Ripriah on this board complained of his legs going to jello after one week. Think I can plan on my September tour.
    Still do not have 100 percent of my old bike confidence back, but I am out there anyway. Probably did about 500 miles since my injury. I really ride very carefully. But ride I must.

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    My guess is that with roughly 2 months to recover, and about a month to train... you should be ok... I doubt that for those 2 months you will be completely off the bike... as long as you feel ok, and the doctor agrees... I'd go ahead, and at least ride the trainer... it's better than nothing... how may miles a day are you planning for your tour ?

    as long as you keep some base going on... you should be good to go

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    Hmm doc told me not to ride for 8 weeks after a acromioclavicular dislocation and radial head fracture. I kept doing it but not mountain biking ,( road riding that is). As an athlete you know your body best. Most of the advice is given regarding the average person. Surgery is a little more tricky but I agree that a trainer should be fine. (But oh so excrutiatingly boring!!!)
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    Siper.. My tour will be about 85 miles a day average. Been looking forward to this tour since last September. Longest day is 113 with 6,000 of climbing.. Hope trainer can keep up my base so far this year have in about 3300 miles. Pretty strong right now. Ready to go now, but?

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    After my radial head fracture nothing was said about not riding, maybe because I waited 3 weeks before I went to the PCP. I rode to my PT through that and the subsequent adhesive capsulitis. Was that connected? No one really knows, adhesive capsulitis commonly occurs after fractures or surgery, and the thought is that it is due to inflammation scarring down during the period of immobility. After surgery the real concern is the risk of re-injury before the surgery has fully healed. That kind of injury may be worse than the original problem because tissue has been moved and the joint has even less support until healing is complete. After surgery I would think it wise to stick to your trainer for as long as you can stand it. Think of it as a very long winter. You can maintain conditioning on a trainer without the risk of a devastating re-injury. Listen to your surgeon on this one. I know that is not what you want to hear, but unfortunately, the best advice usually isn't.
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    Jean.. I just got back from my last visit with my surgeon before surgery Monday. He said my arm will be immobilized in some kind of T sling for TWO months. On the third month, I can go for PT. Will be off work for one month. Second month lite duty, after that unsure about lite duty or not at work.
    Said after one week I might think about the trainer.
    Surgery June 30 and my Nevada tour is September 23. Two months in a sling,how will be arm be after maybe one month out of the sling?
    Think I have a good base and the trainer will keep my legs in fair shape, boring as that is. Two months in a sling will my arm be worth a darn.? Will my arm be too weak on a 427 mile tour.? One month arm will be out of sling.
    Seems I have run into others who recovered faster than 3 months. Yes, I have to do what he says; Nevada tour had been the vacation highligth of 2003.
    Well today it is sort of hot. The trainer adjacent to the AC might not have been so awful. Said to train on an more upright bike.
    Well, this weekend I will sneak out and get my last two outdoor rides, since this will probably not happen again until early September. Thank god it does not snow in Southern California in October.
    ps- Probably not hear from me much next week, think I will be high on Percotin.? Said he would not renew prescription so do not loose it.

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