View Full Version : Competitive swimming with new shoulder?

August 1st, 2005, 03:13 PM
Perhaps someone can assist. A swimming colleague of mine recently 'smashed' his shoulder (literally) and is now awaiting a replacement shoulder joint.

Does anyone know whether it's possible to regain full 'competitive' swimming abilities with an artificial shoulder?


August 1st, 2005, 03:26 PM
Not too sure but I have seen the procedure done and it's not pretty (Obviously don't share that part with your friend). I don't see any reason why somebody could not swim but I suspect that the artificial pieces might wear out more quickly with a lot of overhead use. The procedure I saw was a replacement of the humeral head and the glenoid fossa I believe. I wish your friend the best of luck and I suspect that his ortho should be able to answer the questions about post operative activity.

August 1st, 2005, 05:14 PM
Flash back to the six million dollar man TV show...