Shoulder Surgery Pre & Post-Op Instructions 

Talk to your doctor at Camden Bone and Joint, about what you should expect to experience before, during, and after the surgery. Ask about the recovery period and pain management following surgery. Now is when you need to voice your concerns.

Preparation for Shoulder Surgery in Elgin SC

Most arthroscopic shoulder surgery is performed as an outpatient procedure under general anesthesia, eliminating the need for a hospital stay. Preparations two weeks prior to your surgery can include:

  • Stop taking drugs that make it harder for your blood to clot including aspirin, ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin), naproxen (Naprosyn, Aleve), and other drugs.
  • Asking your health care provider which drugs you can continue to take.
  • Telling your surgeon if you have diabetes, heart disease or other medical conditions.
  • Telling your health care provider if you drink alcohol and how frequently.
  • Stopping smoking since it can slow down healing.
  • Letting your health care provider know if any illnesses like the flu, cold, fever etc. 
  • On the day of your surgery you will usually be asked not to drink or eat for 6 to 12 hours before surgery and if necessary, take the approved medications with a small amount of water.

After Shoulder Surgery

Recovery can take anywhere from 1 to 6 months. You may have to wear a sling for a length of time that will be determined by the complexity of your procedure. Pain medication may be prescribed to help control pain.  Returning to work or playing sports will depend upon the extent of the surgery and can range from 1 week to several months.  For many procedures, physical therapy will be prescribed to help you regain motion and strength.

Shoulder Surgery Results

The minimally invasive nature of arthroscopic surgery will result in less pain, stiffness, fewer complications, shorter hospital stays if any (depending on the complexity of the procedure) and faster recovery sometimes.

Outcomes for most arthroscopic shoulder procedures are highly successful in eliminating pain and providing an excellent range of motion.  However, where surgery is performed to correct stability problems, some patients may still have the instability.  Additionally, rotator cuff surgery may provide significant pain relief but result in not being able to regain complete strength. 

Schedule an appointment today to learn about shoulder replacement surgery and see if you would be a good candidate for the surgery.