Common Shoulder Operations


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Return to functional activities

Work – sedentary job:  as tolerated; manual job:  6 - 12 weeks

Driving – 3 - 6 weeks

Swimming – breastroke:  6 weeks;  freestyle:  12 weeks

Golf – 12 weeks

Lifting – Light lifting can begin at 3 weeks.  Avoid lifting heavy items for 12 weeks.

Sports – eg horse riding, football, martial arts, racquet sports and rock climbing:  12 weeks.

Labral Repair

Patient Information Sheet for Labral Repair

This is performed by keyhole surgery. Using a small cut at the back of the shoulder and two more at the front, the torn labrum is re-attached to the glenoid utilising bone anchors.