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How can I speed up shoulder surgery recovery?
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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Quit smoking
Recovery from shoulder surgery can be improved by not smoking which delays wound healing.
Diabetics must maintain their blood sugars at appropriate levels. Patients must follow physical therapy and home exercise programs exactly. Proper nutrition is important. Cold therapy (ice) machines have been shown to significantly improve pain levels as well.

In brief: Quit smoking
Recovery from shoulder surgery can be improved by not smoking which delays wound healing.
Diabetics must maintain their blood sugars at appropriate levels. Patients must follow physical therapy and home exercise programs exactly. Proper nutrition is important. Cold therapy (ice) machines have been shown to significantly improve pain levels as well.
Dr. Paul Grutter
Dr. Paul Grutter
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: You really can't
Everyone recovers at a different rate and a lot depends on what type of procedure you had.
Although there is not much you can do to improve healing time the best advice i can offer is to follow your surgeon's instructions, don't try to overdo it or progress to fast, comply with physical therapy recommendations and a home exercise program. Use a lot of ice and be patient!

In brief: You really can't
Everyone recovers at a different rate and a lot depends on what type of procedure you had.
Although there is not much you can do to improve healing time the best advice i can offer is to follow your surgeon's instructions, don't try to overdo it or progress to fast, comply with physical therapy recommendations and a home exercise program. Use a lot of ice and be patient!
Dr. Vishal Shah
Dr. Vishal Shah
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Dr. Geoffrey Higgs
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Follow MD's directions
The short answer is do as your dr. Says.
The protocols for postoperative treatment vary depending on what kind of surgery you actually have. The first phase of postoperative treatment is to reduce the swelling, inflammation and pain with appropriate rest, nsaids, ice and relative rest. Then rehabilitation to safely improve range of motion. In the final phase we focus on strengthening and then reintroduction of normal physical activity.

In brief: Follow MD's directions
The short answer is do as your dr. Says.
The protocols for postoperative treatment vary depending on what kind of surgery you actually have. The first phase of postoperative treatment is to reduce the swelling, inflammation and pain with appropriate rest, nsaids, ice and relative rest. Then rehabilitation to safely improve range of motion. In the final phase we focus on strengthening and then reintroduction of normal physical activity.
Dr. Geoffrey Higgs
Dr. Geoffrey Higgs
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