How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?
Most people need 6 weeks or longer to recover. How much time you need depends on the surgery that was done. You may have to limit your activity until your shoulder strength and range of motion return to normal.
What can I expect after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?
Although recovery from arthroscopy is often faster than recovery from open surgery, it may still take from weeks to months for your shoulder joint to completely recover. You can expect some pain and discomfort for several weeks after surgery.
Are you put to sleep for arthroscopic shoulder surgery?
Open tendon repair and arthroscopic repair can be done under general anesthesia, which allows you to sleep through the whole thing. They can also be done with a “regional block,” which allows you to stay awake while your arm and shoulder stay numb.
Is rotator cuff surgery considered a major surgery?
It is well known that rotator cuff surgery is a major operation where the rotator cuff tendons (Figure 1) are sewn back to the upper arm bone (humerus) (Figures 2 and 3). The other major reason patients have pain after rotator cuff surgery is due to stiffness of that shoulder.
Is shoulder arthroscopy major surgery?
Arthroscopy of the shoulder joint has been a major advancement in surgical technique. This procedure allows less cutting of intact tissue to perform repairs, allowing for faster recovery times than with open surgery.
What can you not do after shoulder arthroscopy?
You should not do any reaching, lifting, pushing, or pulling with your shoulder during the first six weeks after surgery. You should not reach behind your back with the operative arm. You may remove your arm from the sling to bend and straighten your elbow and to move your fingers several times a day.
How bad does shoulder surgery hurt?
Shoulder surgery can be painful, but you have a number of options when it comes to pain relief during and after your procedure. Regional anesthesia (peripheral nerve blocks) has a number of advantages over general anesthesia and using postoperative opioids alone.
What is the most painful shoulder surgery?
Rotator cuff repair is the most painful surgery in the first postoperative days.
How long after shoulder surgery can I sleep in bed?
Avoid sleeping flat on your back. Bolstering yourself up in your bed with several pillows or with a 45 degree wedge that you can purchase at a medical supply store will help you rest. Often, patients have to sleep with an incline for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery.
How long do you stay in hospital after shoulder surgery?
You can expect to stay in the hospital for about three days after your surgery. Your bandages and sutures will usually be removed before you leave. At home, you’ll need to continue your exercises. Your physical therapist will instruct you about proper home care and may continue to work with you.
How Long Does arthroscopic surgery take?
The actual surgery time is usually about 30 minutes. If extensive work is needed, the procedure may last up to 45 minutes. Most people “go to sleep completely” during surgery with a general anesthetic. Some have surgery with a spinal anesthetic.
Is Shoulder Surgery same day?
Most arthroscopic shoulder surgeries are performed in a hospital or surgery center as an outpatient procedure, meaning patients can go home the same day, although they will not be able to drive themselves home and may need someone to help them get in and out of the car.
Is rotator cuff surgery worth having?
Surgery may be a good idea if you tore your rotator cuff in a sudden injury and the tear is making your shoulder weak. But surgery can’t fully reverse problems that occur over time with wear and tear of the rotator cuff.
How long should you take off work after shoulder surgery?
This will probably start 1 to 2 weeks after your surgery and last for 4 to 6 months. You may be able to do easier daily activities in 2 to 3 weeks. Most people who work at desk jobs can return to work at this time. If you lift, push, or pull at work, you will probably need 3 to 4 months off.