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smokin joe
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Tomorrow morning I will go to the hospital to have another shoulder replacement. I had my right shoulder replaced in November of 2016. Tomorrow I will have my left shoulder replaced. I shoot right handed.

My left shoulder has the same problems that my right one did: severe osteoarthritis, complete erosion of the cartilage on the bearing surfaces, and bone-on-bone grinding. The shoulder is completely worn out and pretty useless at this point, so replacement is the best course of action

My right shoulder replacement turned out to be a blessing and I was shooting within about 3 months after the surgery. But my left shoulder was not too far behind in wearing out.

I am going to chronicle the process here as I did with my right shoulder replacement. I suspect that things might progress a bit differently with a bow-hand shoulder versus a string-hand shoulder -- and time will tell.

I hope that writing about my experience and about how I return to trad archery and bowhunting will help inform others who might face shoulder replacement in the future.

Wish me luck. By this time tomorrow I will have another new titanium and polymer shoulder joint.


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Best of luck with this in addition to the prayers sent.

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G'luck with it Joe, I'll be reading along.

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Good luck and I will be praying for a full and speedy recovery.


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Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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Best of luck. I will be following this.

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have a Marine buddy (retired due to many issues) that had both and he loves to hunt and fish and does well with them...he's had both shoulders and both hips... got messed up in a prison riot he was guarding at Gitmo years back...

You'll do fine... you know the ropes and how to push thru the pain and God is with you, if you but keep the faith and let His will be done! [Smile]


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Say it ain't so, Joe! Nobody should have to endure that twice. Prayers sent. I had my doubts that you might be a bit overly optimistic the first go round...but if you can get through the string shoulder I'd think the bow shoulder would be easier. Then again, what do I know...I'm just a three arthroscopy, panty-waisted are my hero (and the only one who'd I take being called that off of, lol)

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Praying for a speedy recovery.

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