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Mar 7, 2018 - 2:10:44 PM

raharris Players Union Member (Moderator)


3453 posts since 1/11/2009

No, not the whaky tabaccy! I mean one of your own joints - a replacement of a hip, shoulder or knee? Has it affected your banjo playing or altered your life in another way?

I had my first total joint replacement, right hip, nine years ago. It went smoothly and I was up and about in no time. Two years later I lost my right shoulder. As my shoulder decayed I lost the ability to do a lot of things. Including play any music. The operation was a horror and all told I lost almost two years of playing time. If everything goes right I'll have a total knee replacement pretty soon. It's gotten me wondering about who else has gone through one or more arthroplasty? Maybe we can start a band!

Mar 7, 2018 - 2:40:49 PM

rinemb Players Union Member


9884 posts since 5/24/2005

Oh crud. You opened the door for band names. ;-)

I will follow with interest. Not yet for me, but I fear I am on borrowed time.

I wish you the best. Brad

Mar 7, 2018 - 3:05:39 PM

1406 posts since 5/2/2012

"Oh crud. You opened the door for band names. ;-)" Yep, the Hipsters. Appropriate, in a couple of ways, yes? I'm in for a right hip replacement in a couple of weeks. I'm right handed and play sitting down with the banjo resting slighly on my legs., so I am anticipating that there might be an slight impact on my playing time for a few weeks.

Edited by - thisoldman on 03/07/2018 15:07:05

Mar 7, 2018 - 4:12:52 PM

Lynne Players Union Member (Moderator)


4788 posts since 3/3/2003

I had a partial knee replacement. Partial is much easier then whole knee.
Anyway it had absolutely no effect on my Banjo playing

Mar 7, 2018 - 4:46:20 PM

wizofos Players Union Member


4282 posts since 8/19/2012

Had total right hip replaced in 2004, then total right shoulder replace in 2 years ago. Hip was no problem, back walking with full weigh on hip a week after surgury. Shoulder took longer to recover but had full range of motion in about 6 months.
Now have a doctors appointment this coming friday about left shoulder.
I have waited until the joints are totally deteriorated to the point where they are down to bone on bone. I am not into surgery but when it gets to the point of constant pain and unable to sleep through the night it is time to do something.
Osteoarthritis runs in my family, Dad, brother, myself and son.
Wife says she is not going to have me cremated until after the recyclers are done, might make enough to pay for a good wake.

Mar 7, 2018 - 6:53:13 PM
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26548 posts since 3/5/2008

I ain't got to the joints....yet...
But I have had a few...minor organs
done or replaced... :0/

Mar 7, 2018 - 11:43:51 PM

583 posts since 12/28/2010

Had my left hip replaced 4 times since 1983. Last time was in 2002 and I can't even tell I have an artificial hip.

Mar 8, 2018 - 5:46:58 AM

wizofos Players Union Member


4282 posts since 8/19/2012

Worse problem is the loss of 1/2" of the middle finger of my left hand in a shop incident. Makes it had to hit 3rd and 4th strings on a banjo and 5th and 6th strings on guitar. Still have the first joint but it is tender after a year.

Mar 8, 2018 - 2:01:43 PM
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1971 posts since 10/9/2011

<blockquote id="quote">quote: <hr height="1" id="quote" noshade="noshade" /><i>Originally posted by <a href="/myhangout/home.asp?id=26751" ID="newtag-26751">figmo59</a></i><br /> <p>I ain't got to the joints....yet...<br />But I have had a few...minor organs<br /> done or replaced... :0/</p>
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Really? Who knew? ;-)

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