Topic: Detached Retina...recoop time before playing again

This was posted on one of the lists, and I figured we could get an answer here

A colleague yesterday ended up in hospital for emergency treatment of a detached retina. Has anyone experienced this, or know of someone who has? The question is in regards to a safe period of time to wait before diving back into playing. The eye surgeon told him a week (but I'm pretty sure the doctor doesn't really know what an oboe is) -- the player would like to do the quintet bit he has been working on-- this Thursday (ie a little more than 48 hours after the intervention). Offhand, this does not sound like good thinking. And of course, the clarinet has a trumpet playing friend who was told six weeks when he had it done. And so on.

Anyone with any better information?

Thanks,

John Worrell
john.worrall (at) cogeco.ca

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Re: Detached Retina...recoop time before playing again

Delmar and all --

You didn't mention if your colleague informed the ophthalmologist that he played oboe, or what was involved from a respiratory pressure point of view while playing.  If he did, and they discussed the situation, the ophth. recommendations logically would be valid. However -- if they did not, your colleague should contact the MD again and ask these questions pointedly. I'm aware that others have answered this query on the doublereed-l list, but eh most informed advice should come from the MD. Others' experience is helpful, but should not be taken as the final word. Eyes are too important -- and they are

Dr. Bill Dawson, bassoonist and teacher
IDRS medical consultant
Past President, Performing Arts Medicine Assoc.
Author of "Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy"

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Re: Detached Retina...recoop time before playing again

Sorry about the premature keystroke that sent the above message. To finish -- eyes are "one pair to a customer" and a specialist should provide the needed information -- or find out from another MD who knows!

Dr. Bill Dawson, bassoonist and teacher
IDRS medical consultant
Past President, Performing Arts Medicine Assoc.
Author of "Fit as a Fiddle: The Musician's Guide to Playing Healthy"

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