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Can big game rifles be shot after open heart surgery? I have heard no because the sternum never completely heals.

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  • Can big game rifles be shot after open heart surgery? I have heard no because the sternum never completely heals.

    Can big game rifles be shot after open heart surgery? I have heard no because the sternum never completely heals.

  • #2
    I don't know about the "never completely heals" part. My brother had full bypass surgery in December and had the green light from his doctor to hunt deer the following November. His dragging days are over (he's lucky to have a fit little brother), but I don't believe his doctors ever said anything about shooting.

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    • #3
      Only one way to find out... just kidding. I know several fellows who have had open heart surgery and still shoot dangerous game rifles. I think the best bet would be talking timelines with your doctor. Wish you well and hope you are fully recovered soon.

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      • #4
        how many of you guys have a field and stream account, NM asked the same question on FxS and I do the same all the time.

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        • #5
          This is an oddly timed question, as my father-in-law just had open heart surgery. The doctors told him that his sternum would completely heal in 6-8 weeks, just like any other bone. The time table he was told was to wait 6 weeks for driving and 3 months for activities like starting mowers, splitting wood, shooting bows and rifles, etc.

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          • #6
            Everything should heal up, but the time for healing is different for every person(just like all other injuries). This is definitely a question for a qualified doctor though.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by Okwaho View Post
              I don't know about the "never completely heals" part. My brother had full bypass surgery in December and had the green light from his doctor to hunt deer the following November. His dragging days are over (he's lucky to have a fit little brother), but I don't believe his doctors ever said anything about shooting.
              Are you sure he didn't just tell you the doctor told him to stop dragging? Wouldn't be a bad idea on your brothers part!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Okwaho View Post
                I don't know about the "never completely heals" part. My brother had full bypass surgery in December and had the green light from his doctor to hunt deer the following November. His dragging days are over (he's lucky to have a fit little brother), but I don't believe his doctors ever said anything about shooting.
                I was just going to ask the same question, JM! Sounds like a phone call to the doctor might be in order, Tioughnioga...

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Okwaho View Post
                  I don't know about the "never completely heals" part. My brother had full bypass surgery in December and had the green light from his doctor to hunt deer the following November. His dragging days are over (he's lucky to have a fit little brother), but I don't believe his doctors ever said anything about shooting.
                  Oh come on guys let the big brother enjoy little brother dragging the deer. Wise older gents always hunt big game with a younger feller.

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                  • #10
                    The timeline for healing would be best discussed with his doctor.

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                    • #11
                      Dr. Kody here, WSU
                      My prescription for you is to start with smaller caliber centerfire rifles and work yourway up. This treatment is akin to slowly increasing your dosage with the added advantage of building one heck of a rifle collection. Look at the positive side of your situation. It is great excuse for sampling some great firearms, after all it's for your health. I recommend a .223, followed by a .243, a .257 Roberts, a .260, a 6.5 X 55, a .270, a 7mm Mauser, a 30-06, a 300 Win Mag, a .338 Win Mag and with a completer recovery a .375 H & H. I hope this will prove a healthy course of treatment. I can assure you it would cure what ails most of the contributors to this forum.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by the captain View Post
                        Only one way to find out... just kidding. I know several fellows who have had open heart surgery and still shoot dangerous game rifles. I think the best bet would be talking timelines with your doctor. Wish you well and hope you are fully recovered soon.
                        Hey, new guy you have been missing in action for so long I was ready to demote you. Welcome back
                        Kody

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by the captain View Post
                          Only one way to find out... just kidding. I know several fellows who have had open heart surgery and still shoot dangerous game rifles. I think the best bet would be talking timelines with your doctor. Wish you well and hope you are fully recovered soon.
                          Captain! It is good to see you back. I have been wondering how you were doing. A hearty north of the Red River welcome back.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by the captain View Post
                            Only one way to find out... just kidding. I know several fellows who have had open heart surgery and still shoot dangerous game rifles. I think the best bet would be talking timelines with your doctor. Wish you well and hope you are fully recovered soon.
                            Hey Captain, welcome back!

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                            • #15
                              That's a question to pose to your doctor, not a outdoors forum. I wouldn't ask myself for medical advice...

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