View Full Version : Torn Labrum Surgery?

03-15-2012, 11:54 AM
So I just found out this week that I tore my labrum in my right shoulder, and am going to have to go under the knife to get it fixed. My biggest concern is whether or not I will be able to pull my bow back come September. Has anybody ever had this surgery? And if you did, how long of a recovery did you experience? I am just trying to decide on whether or not to postpone the surgery until after hunting season, or to just suck it up and get it done ASAP. Any advice helps. Thanks.

03-15-2012, 12:16 PM
I tore my left shoulder labrum. I went under the knife around october and am still recovering. Honestly, I don't think they fixed mine right because it doesn't feel much better than before the surgery. Am just hoping that it will be healed up come september. I could pull my bow back pre-surgery, but my injury was in my left shoulder and I shoot right handed.

Strap Assassin
03-15-2012, 12:29 PM
Tore my labrum two seperate times and had it repaired twice. (once arthroscopic and once cut open). Minimum 3 months until full range of motion, 6 months until full strength. I would recommend from experience you asked to be cut open rather than scoped. Larger incision but doctor can make a full error free repair. I have had zero problems after 2nd surgery but it was done correctly. I played College ball and it withstood everything I put it through. Personally I would get I'd done ASAP. You have to think long term. Don't take a chance on not being able to pull back a bow without pain ever again, or spend the money on travel and tags to tear it on your trip. Good luck!!!

04-28-2012, 09:28 PM
I know this thread is from last month, but I had this done 2 yrs ago...I had a complete tear and they ended up doing the arthroscopic on me, they put a titanium plate in there and used kevlar stitching to reattach the tendon. I was in rehab for 10 months and finally was able to get back to almost 90% of where I was before. It was probably in the 5th month of rehab the doc gave me the ok to try to shoot...Out of all the surgeries I have had, this one was the most painful one...couldn't sleep laying down, had to sleep in the recliner...and even to this day, it still bothers me at times if I sleep on it. My opinion would be to get it done if it is a complete tear...but if it isn't, put it off as long as you can.

04-28-2012, 11:14 PM
I've had both shoulders done, one with an incision, the other arthroscopic. Complete success with both. Six months before I could start strengthening the shoulders. A lot of your recovery depends on how diligent you are with rehab and therapy. I wouldn't hesitate to do it again!

04-28-2012, 11:49 PM
I have had two on same shoulder, it was 6 months both times from surgery to be able to work again. I'm glad I did it though..... The second one, I wouldn't of needed it if the first one went well I guess.

05-02-2012, 09:55 AM
So the first ortho doctor I went to suggested not having surgery, and the second ortho doc that I went to get a second opinion from suggested that I have surgery. So I am going to have it done, only I am going to wait until after hunting season, especially now since I drew a special bull elk rifle tag. To much scouting, shooting and getting into shape to do over the summer, and I don't want to be recovering throughout the summer. Thanks for your opinions guys.

05-02-2012, 11:23 AM
Good choice. It's too close to hunting season to do it now.

05-03-2012, 09:12 PM
Good idea to wait until after season, just be extra careful with your shoulder for now. One fall and it will get a whole lot worse.
I fell during elk season and tore up my shoulder. It might have been weakend from a previous fall. Good news is I filled my tag after the fall.
4 months after surgery I was shooting at a low weight. Now at 6 months I am at 90% of what I was shooting at, but am not steady. You get a lot of atrophe from being immobile.