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Just had shoulder surgery. How long did your recovery take?

Old 07-30-20, 10:22 AM
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Just had shoulder surgery. How long did your recovery take?

So I'd been on the elective surgery waitlist for many months and got called up with a week's notice. Surgery 2 days ago. Thought it'd be shoulder impingement freeing (much shorter recovery),but turned out to have several tears (gym injury last year). 4 months or more recovery they say, no lifting anything for 12 weeks.

l had been biking 5 days a week and relying on it for sanity during Covid. Was planning a solo century and lots of mtb days this summer. Pretty bummed now.

I'm 50, btw, so barely qualify for this section, but into the supportive vibe! How have you dealt with something like this, mentally and physically? Anybody gotten on a trainer with one arm? How soon? Would love some stories of hope!
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Old 07-31-20, 05:59 AM
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I have had both rotator cuffs done; the surgeries were about 15 years apart. I was about your age the first time. After very painful physio initially, I persevered with the three months of exercises and eventually got back to 95% mobility with no pain. I don’t see any reason why you couldn’t use a stationary bike right away with your arm in a sling. Just stick with the physio and you’ll be OK. Good luck.
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Originally Posted by ChillDilettante View Post
So I'd been on the elective surgery waitlist for many months and got called up with a week's notice. Surgery 2 days ago. Thought it'd be shoulder impingement freeing (much shorter recovery),but turned out to have several tears (gym injury last year). 4 months or more recovery they say, no lifting anything for 12 weeks.


l had been biking 5 days a week and relying on it for sanity during Covid. Was planning a solo century and lots of mtb days this summer. Pretty bummed now.


I'm 50, btw, so barely qualify for this section, but into the supportive vibe! How have you dealt with something like this, mentally and physically? Anybody gotten on a trainer with one arm? How soon? Would love some stories of hope!

FOLLOW your doctor's and PT's directions !!! While there's a medical "standard time frame" for most everything, only the attending physician/PT have first hand knowledge of what has been done and the limits regarding recovery of the individualized corrective measures taken.


In 2016 at 66yo I had a total right shoulder replacement and my doctor gave me the OK to go back biking 2 days after replacement. Sling was off 24 hours after surgery, movement was allowed but no lifting and no elbow elevation higher than horizontal. I waited until day 3 to begin riding and have no regrets
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Old 08-01-20, 06:24 AM
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Shoulder recovery

I had impingement and rotator cuff repair some years ago. It took a full 8 months before my shoulder finally felt good. PT and the elastic band exercises were my salvation. The shoulder is now fine and has been for many years.
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