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Discussion: Shoulder Surgery Recovery Time

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July 22, 2013
155 posts
Shoulder Surgery Recovery Time
I'd like to know player's experiences with recovery from shoulder surgery.

I have a partially torn rotator cuff, damaged labrum, bone spurs, and arthritis. I have full range of motion, can throw underhand and bat as well as ever, but I collapse with excruciating pain if I try to throw a softball. I'm 74.

What kind of recovery can I expect? How much time would it take before I can swing a bat and/or throw again?

Thanks, guys and gals.
July 23, 2013
267 posts
I have had my rotator cuff repaired on both shoulders.
I had done in sept and was back playing ball in march. (never missed a
I pitch, so I didnt have to throw hard overhand, but had no discomfort throwing. It takes about a year to get all of your strength back.
Never hurt at all while batting.
Just make sure to do all your exercises at rehab and at home.
Hood luck
July 23, 2013
34 posts
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July 23, 2013
Men's 70
502 posts
Rotator cuff surgery on right shoulder (right handed) on New Year's Eve 1999, played my first tournament (outfield) in June 2000, but didn't get back to 100% until the following year. After that it was better than ever.

Left shoulder, February 2010, played in August, 2010.

Pay attention to your physical therapist, but you may need to challenge him/her a little. They're not always prepared for folks our age wanting to get back to sports.

July 23, 2013
Men's 60
142 posts
I had rotator cuff surgery (throwing arm) on 30 Nov 2012. Also had bone spurs removed and frays on labrum trimmed. I hit at the TOC in Feb but did not start throwing until April. Hitting no problem, golf no problem, still not at 100% throwing overhand but getting better all the time. Surgeon said to expect a full year for recovery. Do all of the rehab your insurance will pay for and make sure you do the work at home as well.

Missouri Dave
July 23, 2013
Men's 65
177 posts
AC joint april 2012 one at bat june 2012 played 2 full tournaments in July 2012 but was no where near 100 percent---rehab therapist said the time really depend upon how hard the patient wants to work---
July 25, 2013
155 posts
Thanks guys. I appreciate your success stories.

I've been a bit reluctant to do the surgery because I can still hit and play some first base, so I was happy to hear about Missouri Dave's experience that he could still bat while rehabbing the full year after the surgery.

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