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Tips for recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Tips for recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Follow instructions: Different procedures will require different rehab protocols so discuss this in detail with your surgeon. In general, use a lot of ice, don't overdo the activity, follow your doctor's and physical therapist's instructions, and call if you have any questions. You will usually be in a sing for a few weeks. Also, if given the choice, have the anesthesiologist perform a regional anesthetic nerve block. ...Read more

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Arthroscopy is minimally invasive joint surgery, commonly used for the knee & shoulder, but also for the ankle, hip, wrist, elbow and other joints. A camera with a fiber optic cable is attached to a video screen placed thru a 1 cm incision and other instruments are introduced thru other small incisions to do the work required. The small incisions allow for quicker ...Read more


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Has anyone had arthroscopic shoulder surgery that was painfree?

Has anyone had arthroscopic shoulder surgery that was painfree?

Unlikely: The shoulder has a lot of nerve endings in it, and it generally lets you know when its a had a surgery. Icing the shoulder, and cold therapy is very beneficial after surgery as well as sleeping in a reclining chair. Nerve blocks can make the shoulder painfree for several hours after surgery, but most people eventually require pain medications. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last for after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How long does the pain last for after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

6-12 weeks : The time it takes to recover varies considerably depending on the person and the actual procedures done during the surgery. Arthroscopic surgery can be a simple bone spur removal or an extensive repair of a massive rotator cuff tear. In generally people are pretty sore for 2-3 weeks requiring narcotic pain meds. Most are in a sling for 6 weeks and require physical therapy 2x/week for 4-6 weeks. ...Read more

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How can I know if I really need to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How can I know if I really need to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

If failed therapy: For most shoulder injuries or conditions, surgery is an option, but only after an adequate amount of time has been allowed for the condition to resolve, and conservative treatment with physical therapy, anti-inflammatory medication and activity modification have been tried. However, surgery might be the best option for painful rotator cuff or cartilage tears, instability, or impingement. ...Read more

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How long does the pain persist receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How long does the pain persist receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

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! ...Read more

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What are the best exercises after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Depend: That depends on the surgery. That should be discussed with your surgeon who can probably refer you for physical therapy specific to the type of surgery done. ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the pain last after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Varies: May last a week or a few weeks. Strongly depends on type of surgery. Generally speaking rotator cuff repair is more painful than other routine shoulder surgeries. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in general?

6-12 weeks: The time it takes to recover varies considerably depending on the person and the actual procedures done during the surgery. Arthroscopic surgery can be a simple bone spur removal or an extensive repair of a massive rotator cuff tear. In generally people are pretty sore for 2-3 weeks requiring narcotic pain meds. Most are in a sling for 6 weeks and require physical therapy 2x/week for 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long should it take me to get back to work after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

6-8 weeks: This depends greatly on the procedures performed during the surgery as well as your occupation. Most arthroscopic shoulder surgeries take 6-12 weeks to recover from, but people with desk jobs often can return to work in 2-3 weeks in a sling with activity restrictions. People who work in manual labor jobs with heavy lifting may not be able to return to full duty for 3 months. ...Read more

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How long will it take me to get back to work after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Relatively quickly: Arthroscopic surgery typically allows a patient faster recovery and thus quicker return to work. However, recovery also depends on the findings of the surgery, any procedures performed during arthroscopy, and complications. Your type of work will also dictate if you can return to full duty (baseball pitcher will take longer than a secretary). ...Read more

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Dr. Scott Keith
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