As many of you know, I'm a veritable catastrophie of injuries. I managed to dislocate my right shoulder for the second time in February (no, it was not at an ESA event). My orthopod has stated that the probability of a redislocation, given that it has gone out twice, are now 70%. However, my shoulder feels really stable given that I've been doing a bit of strength training. It was really solid, more solid than it has been since well before I dislocated it the first time, prior to the freak accident where I hit a buried log and body slammed it so quickly I had no idea what was happening.
My reluctance to get it cut stems from several issues. First, in order to be ready for ski season, I'd have to get it cut in July. That'd put me out of commission on my bike for a couple of months, and I'd only just be able to start wearing a pack at the time of my fall hiking vacation with my spouse in Yellowstone and Grand Teton. It'd mean that my biking season is more or less over after the Bicycle Tour of Colorado, and I wouldn't be able to see if I could ride the Buff Classic Century in under 5 hours.
On the plus side, my chances of dislocation after surgery would drop to 20-30%. This last dislocation I recovered from pretty quickly, and while my orthopod was not very supportive, I was back skiing in two weeks with a brace.
So, what do you folk think? Should I just suck it up and get cut, or take my chances?