So I was diagnosed with a SLAP tear in my left shoulder (tear of the anterior and posterior labrum). The tear has extended into the bicep tendon which hooks into the shoulder. It's pretty bad.
Very reputable Doc (CU Sports Medicine surgeon in Boulder) recommends surgery since PT and rest hasn't done much to shoulder.
Shoulder hurts, especially when I sleep and when I do shoulder workouts or bench press. Otherwise it's not too bad. Definitely annoying, but I've been doing my MMA training with the pain, and I manage. Surgery means 2 weeks of complete rest, 2 months of only very light therapy, and another 2-4 months (total of 6 months) before I will be back at 100%.
Should I do surgery:
a. as soon as possible (would be October 2nd)?
b. postpone as long as possible? (could possible be several years before it gets worse?)
c. postpone juts enough to compete in BJJ/MMA for several events in October?
d. postpone long enough to enjoy the upcoming ski season (do surgery in Spring 09)?
e. Other options??
I've scheduled surgery for October 2nd but I'm at a loss. I really don't look forward to being away from BJJ/MMA training for 3-4 months. I'm also sad I'll be missing half of the ski season.
If I do surgery - what would be advisable to do to keep myself in shape? I can probably do the elliptical without stressing the shoulder, anything else (running) would probably be bad. I could do leg workouts (body weight squats, lunges, etc) and ab crunches. Really worried I'll lose everything I've worked up to till now if I do surgery
- need sugery on shoulder
- 4-6month rest after surgery
- do it now or wait?
- what to do to keep in shape if I do surgery?