- After surgery, you will awaken with your arm in a removable sling, which you should wear, for comfort, for 2 weeks
- As a guideline, after surgery you can use the arm “as pain allows”, but do not overdo it.
- Your physiotherapist will show you how to release your arm from the sling and do gentle specific exercises with the arm. When you go home, you should do these exercises 4 or 5 times a day.
- You will be prescribed painkillers to take home, which in the majority of cases are usually sufficient.
- Wound dressings can be removed 10 days after the operation. Any stitches are dissolvable and will fall out by 3 weeks.
- Mr Hallam will review you after 2 weeks.
- An outpatient physiotherapy appointment will usually be arranged for you to attend within 2 weeks of surgery. You may then be seen twice a week for the first few weeks, then less frequently.
- By 6 weeks, shoulder range of movement should be improving, but recovery may take up to 6 months.
Return to functional activities
Work – sedentary job: as tolerated; manual job: may need to modify activities for 12 weeks
Driving – 1 week
Swimming – as able
Lifting – as able
Racquet sports – as able