Shoulder injuries and dislocation may be treated with various tendon and ligament repair procedures. Shoulder surgery often brings dramatic relief from pain associated to such injuries.
After the procedure:
- You will be observed in the recovery room until you are stable.
- Then you will be transferred to the Out-Patient Department where you will have your vitals and dressing checked, your belongings given back to you and any instructions or prescriptions given by your doctor.
- Practice deep breathing and coughing for 24 hours after surgery.
- Avoid alcohol or other medications not prescribed for 24 hours.
- Do not drive or operate machinery for 24 hours.
- If you have nausea, begin with clear fluids, dry toast and crackers. Otherwise, eat a light diet the day of your surgery and gradually increase your diet remembering to eat well balanced meals.
- Take frequent rest periods after the surgery.
- If you require a shoulder immobilizer, you will be fitted with one but there will be a small charge for it.
- It is important to do any exercises shown to you by the physiotherapist.
- Keep your dressing dry and clean to decrease the chance of infection.
- Sponge baths may be necessary to prevent getting your dressing wet.
Call your doctor if you:
- Experience pain unrelieved by medication.
- Develop a fever of 101F/38.3C or more.
- Notice a large amount of fresh bleeding on your dressing.
- Experience numbness, swelling or a change in skin colour/temperature of your affected hand and fingers.