Mehul R Shah, M.D. - Orthopaedic Surgeon - New York Hospital for Joint Diseases - NYU LANGONE MEDICAL CENTER
Mehul R Shah, M.D. - Orthopaedic Surgeon - New York, NY: 212-598-3897, 646-501-7067 - Lake Success, NY: 516-467-8600
Mehul R Shah, M.D. - Orthopaedic Surgeon
Mehul R Shah, M.D. - Orthopaedic Surgeon
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Arthroscopic Shoulder Repair

Sling:

Wear your sling at all times after your surgery (this includes sleeping).  Additionally, you should not carry anything heavier than a pencil in your hand.

Showering:

You may shower 48 hours after surgery.  Please use CAUTION!!  Be careful not to slip and fall.  The effects of anesthesia and/or medication may make you drowsy or light-headed.  Do not soak in a bathtub, hot tub, or pool until the doctor tells you it is O.K. to do so. Once you are done showering pat the wound dry and apply a Band-Aid.  While in the shower you must keep the arm across the front of the body as if it were still in the sling.

Sleeping:

You will most likely have difficulty sleeping in the first few weeks after surgery.  Most people find it more comfortable to sleep in a reclining position.  You can either sleep in a recliner chair or create this position with pillows.

Dressing:

Remove all cotton and yellow gauze 48 hours after your surgery. You do not need to put a new dressing on your wound; place Band-Aids on your wound.

Ice:

You can ice the shoulder to reduce swelling and discomfort.  Do not ice the shoulder more than 20 minutes at a time.  Let the shoulder warm up before reapplication.  Avoid getting your wound wet.   If you have an Gameready/cryocuff you may keep this on as instructed by the manufacturer.

Follow-up visit:

You need to see the doctor about one week following surgery for your first post-op visit.  At that time your sutures (stitches) will be removed.  You will be given a prescription to begin exercises.

Common Concerns:

Bruising and/or swelling of the shoulder, arm, or hand are common after surgery. To relieve this discomfort it is best to ice the shoulder.

Please call if:

  1. Any oozing or redness of the wound, fevers (>101.3oF), or chills.

  2. Any difficulty breathing or heaviness in the chest.

REMEMBER - these are only guidelines for what to expect following arthroscopic shoulder surgery.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to call the office.

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