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Old 07-26-03, 04:15 AM   #1
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How long after surgery think of touring?

I am so depressed. First time in 4 years, I might not get in a long bike tour. Last year's Nevada tour was great. Planned to repeat it, until an April crash and June 30 ligament replacement in shoulder. To wear immobolizing sling until Sept. 1.
Wanted to tour Sept. 23. for 430 miles.
Am confused. My doctor says takes about 1 month of therapy to get back to normal functioning of arm. Talked to physical therrapist, said he has seen recovery from almost couple weeks to half a year..
Some of our members here at BF responded to shoulder surgery questions and were mid-way through treatment. How are you doing.? I get outdoors and see cyclists I get so green with envy and am so bored. After Sept. 1 the number of tours available really trickle off- so if I have to wait long for therapy,I am screwed.
Might I as well, start eating potato chips and watch daytime soaps and hang up my bikes? Gaining weight anyway.
How long did it take you following major orthopedic surgery?Thanks.
Guess, we accept our fate better if we realistically know what to expect- meanwhile I hear reports back of two biking friends making preparations for tour we were all going to do together.
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CZ

Two years ago I tore my knee tendon the end of February and was operated on the 1st of March. I didn't ride utill Mem. Day. That was a knee a shoulder should have less effect.

Good luck and stay away from the boob tube, well it's ok to watdh the TdF.

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Joe. So over two months before you were pretty much back to normal.
Reason I hope appropriate persons see my thread- seems couple BF Riders are undergoing similiar surgery to mine- couple weeks ahead of my June 30 operation. I am at almost one month and still in sling.
Appreciate comparing our respective progress.
How are you shoulder impaired cyclists doing at about six weeks-ready for trans-continental tour yet?
After I see my Dr. this coming Friday- hope to get on trainer? This is painful stuff, so I have tried to control my urge to get on the trainer. In fact I am saving on my pain pills for therapy.
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