Do and don’ts after rotator cuff surgery?
- Don’t drive. Period. …
- Don’t do any lifting, pushing, or pulling.
- Don’t move your shoulder or reach with the arm that your surgery was performed on.
- Don’t remove the sutures.
- Don’t travel until cleared by your doctor.
- Don’t place any creams, ointments, Neosporin/Polysporin on the incision. THINK DRY!!!
How long do you ice after rotator cuff surgery?
You should keep ice on the shoulder frequently for the first 48-72 hours after surgery. We recommend icing 2-3 times pre day for the first week especially before sleep.
How do you shower after surgery?
After 48 hours, surgical wounds can get wet without increasing the risk of infection. After this time, you can get your stitches wet briefly with a light spray (such as in the shower), but they should not be soaked (for example, in the bath). Make sure you pat the area dry afterwards.
Can you lay flat after shoulder surgery?
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.
Why can’t you take ibuprofen after shoulder surgery?
DO NOT take any NSAIDS (anti-inflammatory medications) such as ibuprofen, aspirin, and/or Celebrex for 6 weeks after your surgery. These drugs slow bone growth and this may lead to poor healing. If you were taking aspirin before your surgery for cardiac reasons, it is OK to resume this.
Why is shoulder surgery so painful?
The other major reason patients have pain after rotator cuff surgery is due to stiffness of that shoulder. It is common after rotator cuff surgery to have some stiffness due to the fact that the operation caused the arm to be held without motion for some time.
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.
Can I take my sling off to sleep?
It is important you wear your sling in bed for the recommended period, unless you are instructed otherwise. We recommend you sleep on your back or unaffected side. When lying on your back we suggest you use a pillow underneath your injured arm for support.
Is walking good after rotator cuff surgery?
When can I exercise after shoulder surgery? You can do things like walk immediately. Usually, you will be in a sling for a period of 2 to 6 weeks depending on the type of surgery. During that time you can remove the sling to extend the elbow several times a day.
What is the average recovery time for rotator cuff surgery?
Recovery can take 4 to 6 months, depending on the size of the tear and other factors. You may have to wear a sling for 4 to 6 weeks after surgery. Pain is usually managed with medicines. Physical therapy can help you regain the motion and strength of your shoulder.
What happens at 3 weeks after rotator cuff surgery?
3 weeks to 6 weeks- Post-acute recovery
Therapy should not be “painful”, but you will have some discomfort with getting the shoulder out of the sling and having it moved around more. You are still not allowed to actively lift your arm at this point.
What is the best soap to use after surgery?
A gentle antibacterial soap is ideal for someone healing from surgery to help prevent infection. Liquid soap may be easier to use, as it can be easily applied without a washcloth. Be sure to rinse your incision well to make sure no soap residue remains after showering.
Why can’t you take a bath after surgery?
Why Bathing Is Restricted After Surgery
Preventing infection. Preventing the weakening of the incision line as it becomes wet and soft. Preventing the glue or adhesives holding the incision closed from falling off prematurely.