Reverse Shoulder replacement and Skiing!!!???

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Had reverse shoulder replacement November 16, recovery is good so far ,no pain, 71yrs. Partially wrecked shoulder after a fall in2003, recovered by exercise offered surgery but I declined. Fell last winter on hardpack  ice and snow and dislocated  it. With previous damage and this last fall and arthritis needed the replacement.

Surgeon says no skiing!!!

However I wish to continue...........can any other skiers enlightenplease!

thanks

John

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    Oh boy.  You are still outside the "normal" healing window.  Listen to your surgeon.  It is what it is at this point.  Good luck and take care!!

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    Dunno how many skiiers you're going to find on here who have reverese shoulder replacements.

    More likely to try one of the facebook groups for people who've had reverse shoulders, then ask them if any of them still ski !!

    Just a hunch!

    Best wishes, NICK

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    I don't know for sure, but I would guess they are worried about a fall and further injury. It's not the act of skiing but the consequences of falling that carry the high penalty. After total knee and hip replacement, they say don't ski/run or do high impact activities. It's because of the risk of wearing out the prosthesis...not that you can't do the activity. I had a friend who had total hip replacement at age 35 because of motorcycle accident. He was a runner and a martial artist. He continued to participate in both and has had 2 subsequent revision/replacement surgeries due to wearout/dislocation. But he is not about 62 and he has spent almost 3 decades doing what he loves. wishing you luck!

     

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    Thanks for the replies to date, and also the good wishes.

    I realise the surgeon is concerned about a fall when skiing, however I had a near miss tripping over the coffee table the other day, then another day caught a 5 lb salmon got it ashore , no landing net , then line broke so with the adrenalin pumping dived on to it to stop it slipping back into the water! (Wasnt going to let it get away!!)

    My point being there are two near misses just doing the normal stuff.

    Being generally older and wiser when we have this operation there are probably not many skiers !

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    I hear you man. I too am 71 and had the RTSR last year. No skiing, or in my case no hang gliding, but you're also in jeopardy bike riding, roller blading, skating, traction kite flying, Hobie Cat sailing, ... on and on. Even coffee table tripping.  From what I've read, the real problem is that, with a REVERSE replacement, they can NOT repair it. There is no second chance. Knowing this, and still wanting to live life to it's fullest, let's go for it.  Just be super careful is all. (Mind you, I hafta say .... the fish wasn't worth it. :-)

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    8 years ago I broke my neck (freak MTB accident) and sustained a spinal cord injury (C4). My neck was fused at 3 levels and I have some mild residual spastic paralysis and nerve pain on one side. I went to a neurosurgeon for a 2nd opinion a year later and asked him if he though I was unwise to continue MT biking and he said "life is not measured in the number of breaths you take but in the number of moments that take your breath away."  I have continued to MTB. I fell last year and tore my rotator cuff and recently (10 weeks ago) had rotator cuff/bicep repair. Many of my friends and family have asked me...and continue to ask me...why I continued to cycle and if I will continue to cycle after this. The answer is yes. I have had many years to think about why I did continue and why I will continue aside from the above quote. I believe that I will continue because I can. I was given a gift. Many quadriplegics can never walk again...let alone ride again after a spinal cord injury. I was given a gift of the ability to continue to be active. Naturally I am going to be cautious....whatever that means. I fell walking up a driveway 2015 and broke 2 fingers. People trip over their pets and break shoulders, hips, wrists, skulls. How do I know this?  I am a home health physical therapists. How would you feel if you could not use your arm at all if you fall and can't have it fixed again? Only you can answer that. It's your life. I was a skier too...am living without it...but it's my choice to not try that again cause I feel the risks are higher for me...but that's my choice. I may just stick to road riding for a while...but I was hit by a car on my road bike when I was 27 (now I'm 57)...I used to rock climb and my MTB friends always said MTB was safer than rock climbing and I broke my neck on MTB. Who knows? Give your shoulder a reasonable amount of time to heal and get strong you will make the decision that is best for you and I wish you many moments of happiness and good health!

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      Thanks for those words of encouragement, I will do what I want to do in the end,I obviously need to keep up exercise and strengthen it more. Early days yet.

      There is a product D30 on the market that absorbs impact , used by MTB and snow sports people , that combined with a neoprene shoulder support should put another bandaid on it!

      All the best in your pursuits

       

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    and as an after thought...thinking as a PT would...I wonder if there is any kind of an orthotic or brace...like what people wear for their knees (I've seen them on the slopes)...for your shoulder. Something that would allow enough movement to be functional, but would also restrict an excessive amount of motion that would cause injury. If I were you, I would research into this. 

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