How painful is shoulder surgery?
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.
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.
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.
How long does labrum surgery take?
Surgical debridement or arthroscopic stabilization of a labral tear normally takes two hours to complete. You may be given an interscalene block, also referred to as regional anesthesia, to numb your shoulder and neck area.
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.
What is the most painful shoulder surgery?
Rotator cuff repair is the most painful surgery in the first postoperative days.
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.
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.
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.
How soon can I drive after rotator cuff surgery?
In general, you’ll want to avoid driving a car for at least six to 12 weeks, or until your doctor has indicated you no longer need to wear a sling. Driving with one arm is unsafe, and the shoulder that underwent surgery shouldn’t be moved too far away from the body.
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 bad is rotator cuff surgery?
Lack of improvement: Arthroscopic rotator cuff surgery has a high success rate, but it is not 100 percent. Lack of improvement is not a true complication, but the result can be disappointing for patients. It is possible patients will find they do not regain full motion, strength and function in the shoulder.
Are you awake for labrum surgery?
Your surgeon will perform your labrum repair using either general anesthesia or regional anesthesia. General anesthesia is a combination of intravenous (IV) medications and gases that put you in a deep sleep. You are unaware of the surgery and do not feel any pain.
What can I expect after labrum surgery?
Recovery After Labral Tear Shoulder Surgery
After surgery, you will need to wear a sling for three to four weeks. Your doctor will also prescribe gentle, passive, pain-free range of motion exercises to keep the shoulder capsule from becoming stiff.