Frequently Asked Questions
Can I take a shower ?
Atleast for about 2 weeks the shoulder should not get wet. You may cover it with plastic and take a shower. Please be careful not to wet the dressing.
Can I drive ?
You are not permitted to drive while you are taking narcotic pain medications. We do not recommend that you drive while the sling is required. Once you have been instructed that the sling is no longer required, you must wait until you have adequate strength and range of motion to drive.
When do I start Physiotherapy ?
Physiotherapy will usually begin sometime after your first post-operative visit. Your surgeon will inform of your physical therapy start date during your first post operative visit.
Do I need the sling / immobilizer ?
In most cases, the sling / immobilizer is used to protect your arm in the early stages after surgery and is required. If your procedure does not require the use of the sling / immobilizer you will receive specific instructions.
What things CAN I DO ?
For the first 2 weeks following surgery, you should remain in the sling at all times. Use ice and rest.
What things should I NEVER DO ?
For the first 2 weeks you should not do any active movements with the shoulder.
When you begin therapy after your first post-op visit, you will be given instructions
as to your progression of activities. Please remember that there is some
discomfort involved with therapy! Protect your incisions with sun block from 3
weeks post-op until 6 months
post-op. If you have had a repair, do not lift, carry, push or pull anything greater than 5Kg until 4 months post-op.
My shoulder hurts ! I thought it Would be better by now !
Even though there are only a few small incisions, there was a significant amount of work that was done inside the shoulder. The shoulder can be stiff and sore for several weeks and you canexpect some discomfort. Please do not judge the effectiveness of the surgery until after you have given yourself ample time to recover from the surgery. This may be at-least 16 weeks from surgery.