After Shoulder Arthroscopy
After your arthroscopy, you will recover in the hospital or surgery center for a few hours. In some cases, you may stay overnight. When you are able to go home, you will be instructed how to relieve any pain and how to care for your shoulder as it heals. To help with healing, a program of physical therapy (PT) may be prescribed.
In the Recovery Room
After surgery, you’ll be taken to a recovery area to rest. You’ll have a bandage to protect your incisions, and a sling to hold your arm in place. Nurses will give you medications to help relieve pain. A device is sometimes used to deliver pain medication directly into the joint. In some cases, cold packs or a cooling unit may be used to reduce swelling in your shoulder.
Before leaving the hospital or surgery center, be sure to know how to care for your shoulder at home. Ask any questions you have. Also know who to contact if you have questions later. When you are ready to leave the hospital or surgery center, an adult family member or friend will need to drive you home.
Take prescribed pain medications as directed. Don’t wait for pain to get bad before you take them.
Ice your shoulder
3times a day for 20minutes at a time. Use an ice machine (if given one) or a bag of ice or frozen peas. Put a thin cloth between your skin and the ice source.
Take care of your incisions as directed. You can begin bathing again in
See your doctor for a follow-up visit
5days after surgery.
Wear your sling as directed for
Complete your physical therapy program.
Avoid these activities: _____________, _____________, ______________
Call Your Doctor If You Have
Bleeding from an incision
Increased shoulder pain or swelling
A red or oozing incision
Numbness or tingling that doesn’t go away
24hours after surgery