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Prepare for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Prepare for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Your shoulders allow you to perform many of your daily activities. Within your shoulder, you have ligaments that help provide stability in movement. If you injure these ligaments, you may loose normal mobility and may also experience pain and swelling. Healthy shoulders are vital to an active lifestyle.

Steps to Recovery

Step 1 Physical Evaluation

Step one is to have your shoulder evaluated by a physician. The physician will consider your symptoms and conduct a physical exam to evaluate your shoulder's strength, stability, and range-of-motion. X-rays, MRIs (Magnetic Resonance Imaging), and additional tests may be required to show internal injuries. Based on your examination, your physician will let you know if surgery is necessary or if exercise (whether at home or through an external physical therapy facility) would suffice to improve your shoulder's function.

Prepare for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

X-rays are used to detect bone injuries & malfunctions

Prepare for Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

MRIs are used to detect soft tissue & bone damage & malfunction

The results of your physical examination and testing will determine which surgical procedure, if any, would be necessary to restore optimized function.

Step 2 Preparing for Surgery

Part of the preparation process is understanding the risks of undergoing surgery and the process for recovery. Your physician will explain these risks, as well as the steps you need to take prior to your surgery, such as:

  • Do not take anti-inflammatory medications 10 days before surgery such as Aspirin, Ibuprophen,
  • Aleve, naproxen, etc. Tylenol is ok.
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the night before your surgery. Advise your physician of
  • any prescription and/or over-the-counter medication you are taking
  • Clarify anything you do not understand about the surgery and/or recovery process. Although a
  • little pre-surgical anxiety is normal, asking questions will help to ease your tension.
  • Make necessary arrangements for getting to/from the physician's operation facility, as well as
  • any necessary crutches and/or brace.
Step 3 Day of Surgery

On the day of surgery, you will be asked to arrive at the hospital or surgery center early to prepare for your surgery. Once in the surgery room, the anesthesiologist will administer anesthesia so that you will be asleep during the procedure. Once you are asleep, your surgeon will make several incisions in your shoulder and proceed to make necessary repairs. Once the surgeon is finished, the anesthesiologist will revive you and you will be transferred to a recovery room.

Step 4 During Surgery

The surgery generally takes 1-2 hours.

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