Shoulder Arthroscopies

Post-Operative Instructions for Shoulder Arthroscopies
  1. Postoperative Pain
    • A prescription from your Physician will be provided to you for postoperative pain management. This medication should be taken on an as needed basis for pain.
    • Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach. Stay hydrated with plenty of fluids following your surgery, resume normal diet.
    • Physical Therapy is to be started 10-14 days following your surgery. Have this arranged before surgery.
  2. Activity
    • Rest
    • Wear the shoulder immobilizer/sling as directed:
      -Scope decompression: 24-48 hours post-op
      -Scope Distal Clavicle resection Mumford procedure: 5-7 days post-op
    • An icepack is to be used 30 minutes on and 30 minutes off while awake for the first 48 hours. Further use is at your discretion for comfort or swelling.
  3. Exercises
    • You may remove the sling only to perform range of motion exercises for your elbow and for personal hygiene. Your Physical Therapist is provided with your post-op surgical protocol. He/She may also have specific instructions that will require your sling to be removed during your therapy session.
      - Bend your elbow and allow your arm to hang at your side
      - Bend and straighten your elbow 10 times 3-5 times per day to prevent your elbow from getting stiff.
      - Do gentle pendulum exercises (small circular motions) approximately 20 times first in the clockwise direction followed by counter-clockwise. These should be done every hour for 3-4 days.
      - Avoid any overhead activities until specified by therapist.

  4. Dressing
    • A bulky post-op dressing will be applied at the time of surgery. You may
      remove this dressing 3 days postoperatively and replace it with new, clean, waterproof household band-aids. You can find the waterproof band-aids at any pharmacy. Your staples/sutures must remain clean and dry until you are seen in the office for your first post-op visit. The staples/sutures will be removed at your first post-op visit.

    If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the office.