- After surgery, you will awaken with your arm in a removable sling, which you need to wear (and sleep in) for 2 to 3 weeks. For sleeping, a pillow to support the shoulder in a good posture is advisable.
- Do not force or stretch the shoulder by raising the arm upwards and outwards
- 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 3 or 4 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 after 10 days. Any stitches are dissolvable and will fall out after 3 weeks.
- Mr Hallam will review you after 2 weeks.
- An out-patient physiotherapy appointment will usually be arranged for you to attend 2 weeks after surgery. You may then be seen every few weeks and discharged at around 3 months after the operation.
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.