Originally Posted by rmpeddie
It's interesting to hear from paddlers who have gone through it. I'm a little over 3 dozen dislocations right now. I was told that I've waited too long and surgery wouldn't help me at all. Man the bs you hear from folks who think they know.
with that much in/out/in/out, your labrum is confetti at this point man. the labral cartilege forms the "suction cup" (not really a "cup", more like a golf tee) that keeps the humeral head in place. the rotator cuff muscles back the humeral head up & lock it in. but no matter how strong yr rotator cuff is, if you have shredded cartilege, you're going to dislocate over & over. get that shit stitched up!
talk to a hundred different doc's (& PT's) until you find the right one who "gets" what you do & where you want to be in a year's time. it's an elective surgery, so you have the luxury of time to research. i brought my powerbook into doctors office & showed them video & pics of what i do.
as for metrics, i had 190 degrees of shredded labrum fixed back in the beginning of october (no bone or RC damage). i was paddling easy stuff infrequently by december. & fully back in the game by march/april. i followed an aggressive back-to-sport program under the supervision of a couple PTs who "got it". yoga & indoor climbing really helped during the winter too. and, knock on wood, i haven't had any issues since.
good luck .. make it happen.