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how long does the pain persist receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

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Dr. Shawn Hennigan
Orthopedic Surgery 27 years experience
Depends: Some surgeries can be painful for a while. Others are much less painful. Rotator cuff surgeries tend to cause more pain than instability repairs. If you are concerned, speak to your surgeon about specific strategies to cope with, and effectively treat, your postoperative pain. Combining blocks with short and long acting narcotic pain, as well as use of cold therapy are all utilized. Good luck!
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
Depends on procedure: The surgical pain from shoulder arthroscopy may last a few wks. Depending on what was done, rotator cuff repair vs clean-up, will determine how long the pain lasts. It is common to get a nerve block for post-operative pain control, as well as narcotic pain medication. Ice and therapy is needed after surgery.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
Diagnosis?: This really depends on the exact diagnosis and the repairs that are performed. In general, however, the worst pain from shoulder surgery lasts the first 2-3 days following surgery and improves significantly from there.

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