View Full Version : How long will it take to recover from shoulder reconstruction?

11-10-2004, 02:52 PM
Im just wondering if anyone here has experienced a shoulder reconstruction after repeat shoulder dislocations? Ive just dislocated my shoulder for the third time ths year. I did twice playin U18s football and the other time i did it just mocking around with a mate, each time it has not popped back in itself;bloody painful. I only played 5 games for my team this year. Ive now been told that i need a shoulder reconstruction and i will getting it done after my exams in November. The surgeon has told me that ill most likely be missing next season but im hoping that i wont be.Can anyone tell me how it took them to recover and be able to play footy? I dont want to miss next season after missing basically the whole of this year. Ive read up on it on the net and its atlest 3+ months before i can do any contact sport. Can anyone give me some advice?

11-10-2004, 07:40 PM
From experience it depends on the extent of the damage and what the surgeon has to do. For me, 3 months of immobilisation in a brace/splint with gentle mobilisation type work and 6 months of hard core rehab just to return to a normal level. So sorry but next year is a write off unless you are a pro who can get 5 physio visits a day and you spend 5 hours a day doing rehab. Good luck - you might be luckier than me

11-10-2004, 09:56 PM
What sport do you play?
Im hoping i wont have to miss next year, im going to do as much work to fix myself afterwards and if that isnt enough ill hav to spend another year on the sidelines. The surgeon i have recommends that i take 2005 off but it depends on how much damage and my recovery he says.So i hope it aint to bad

12-10-2004, 06:09 PM
First decision you have is open versus arthroscopic reconstruction. Pretty simple choice here in that open will probably have a greater success rate (maybe 85% v. 75%) but will take longer to recover from the surgery (6-7 months v. 4-5 months). Because you look like you will want to push it to get back for next season the faster recovery of an arthroscopic technique may be a curse, as you might be tempted to get back before the reco fully heals. The advantage of an open is that you will be in so much pain after surgery you will probably forget about trying to come back too early because you won't ever want a revision.

Any professional player who needs a shoulder reco and wants to play in the first month of the following season basically gets told that he must get the reco done the WEEK after the footy season finishes. He won't be allowed by the team to have time off for holidays. If you are delaying surgery because of your exams, then you are looking at mid-season return time at the earliest.

13-10-2004, 10:49 AM
I play lock in League. The shoulder was cactus before the op, wouldn't stay in so I had an open recon. I suggest you find yourself a missus before the op because your arm will be immobilised in an awkward position, just out from your side and be next to useless. Doesn't give me any probs now. I think Judd in the AFL had recons in junior days and now doesn't even strap them up.

20-10-2004, 04:52 PM
It is a good point about Chris Judd. He had problems with both shoulders I think the year before he was drafted. Went at no. 3 in the draft (behind Luke Ball and Luke Hodge, who are fairly good players without being guns). If he hadn't missed so much footy in the year prior, Judd would have probably gone at no. 1. Even though no. 3 is a high draft pick, he even looks a bargain (I think Michael Jordan in the NBA also went at no. 3 behind Hakeem Olajuwon and some nobody, although it is probably not fair to compare Chris Judd to MJ).

If Chris Judd was going out with that girl in the red dress when he had his shoulder reco, he wouldn't have worried too much about having his arm immobilsed.

20-10-2004, 04:54 PM
This was sent in by Mr Natural, who had problems getting through when the website crashed last week:

> I only just did my shoulder for the 3rd last saturday so i havent had
> a chance to get it done before the exams. I wouldve rathered to have
> had it done asap but the surgeon said that it was best that i get it
> done after
> exams because i will be in pain after the operation.I am getting the
> open surgery done.Im going to try my hardest to get back by seasons
> start but
> i cant ill aim for mid season.I should have goten it done after the
> 2nd
> but the physio told me that i didnt need to and he never referred me
> to
> an orthopedic surgeon.How long after the surgery will i be able to any
> running and other fitness activities? Id like to still do preseason if
> i could but it starts next month. How long after the surgery will i be
> able
> run? Atleast 6 weeks? I dont want to put on weight while im
> recovering. Im thinking bout starting running now before the surgery.
> Is a week enough
> before you can run?
> Id write this on the forum but it wont let me on the site at the
> moment
> some reason
> Thank you

20-10-2004, 04:55 PM
Big difference in return to running between open and arthroscopic recos - with an open it might take 8-10 weeks to return to running, as the arm is immobilised for 6. Probably half the time for an arthroscopic reco, but then again, this difference may be responsible for the higher success of open recos, which is small but probably exists.

13-09-2008, 08:55 AM
Soon I will be needing to have surgery on my shoulder.

Would any of the members here be able to tell me who performed the very recent shoulder surgery on Chris Judd, captain of Carlton AFL club?

13-09-2008, 06:39 PM
I'd imagine it is probably Peter Wilson. He is more of a general OS. I would suggest you go to someone that specialises in shoulders.

For shoulders most elite athletes including a lot of AFL players go to Greg Hoy. He is considered to be the best for shoulders in Melbourne. Some elite golfers and cricketers have come from overseas to see Greg. He did my shoulder last year and very pleased with the result. John Salmon did my other shoulder and pleased with that result too. Another good shoulder surgeon to Mr Bell.