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this is a discussion within the Saints Community Forum; I went looking thru the net and came up with some interesting (and often conflicting) information. The labrum (What Brees tore) is a thin matrix of collagen seated between the head of the humerus (bone of the upper arm) and ...

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Old 03-15-2006, 09:52 AM   #1
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Brees' Injury Info

I went looking thru the net and came up with some interesting (and often conflicting) information.

The labrum (What Brees tore) is a thin matrix of collagen seated between the head of the humerus (bone of the upper arm) and the glenoid fossa (the shallow depression where the humerus fits). It functions both as a shock absorber, cushioning the blow when the bones in the shoulder collide, and as part of the joint's connective structure.

Experts disagree on whether the Labrum can be repaired fully. Or on how to repair it when it is damaged. It is not uncommon for Quarterbacks and Baseball Pitchers to have minor tears simply through the repetitive motion of throwing. Short term, collagen injections and immobilization are recommended, surgery is a last resort.

From: http://www.drgartsman.com/after_surg...rning_work.asp
Returning to work - Labrum tear/glenohumeral joint reconstruction
•For most sedentary jobs, I recommend taking a week off work.
•When you return to work your arm will be in a sling (six weeks after surgery) but you should be able to manage as long as you do no lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying.
•Most patients can start light duty work involving no lifting, pushing, pulling or carrying more than one to two pounds, 6-8 weeks after surgery.
•Work at waist level and 5-10 pounds of lifting is started 3-4 months after surgery. You will generally need 3-6 months of recovery before beginning occasional work at shoulder level.
•Return to heavy lifting or overhead use may require 6-12 months.

That site is NOT a sports medicine site and you can see it expects you to have a sedentary job. But even so it says 6 months for heavy lifting (thats August 1st for Brees).

From: http://orthoinfo.aaos.org/fact/thr_r...egory=Shoulder
Rehabilitation
After surgery, you will need to keep your shoulder in a sling for three to four weeks. Your physician will also prescribe gentle, passive, pain-free range-of-motion exercises. When the sling is removed, you will need to do motion and flexibility exercises and gradually start to strengthen your biceps. Athletes can usually begin doing sports-specific exercises after six weeks, although it will be three to four months before the shoulder is fully healed.

That site IS a sport medicine site, and I feel comfortable with it's estimations. Three to four months means he should be good to go June 1st. But add the Rotator Cuff injury and I think the August dates are probably closer to correct.
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