Recovery & Rehabilitation

What to expect from shoulder arthroscopy recovery & rehabilitation

Recovering from shoulder arthroscopy is usually a lot easier than traditional open surgery. You usually experience less trauma to the tissue, less pain and a quicker recovery.

Following arthroscopy surgery, you may be drowsy from any general anesthesia or numb from any regional or local anesthesia. Your health care team will provide you instructions on how to care for your small incisions.

Early on, patients will experience some swelling and discomfort in the shoulder. This may last for a few days after the surgery. A prescription for pain medication and an anti-inflammatory drug to help alleviate these symptoms may be given. Contact your doctor if you have any unusual swelling or redness, if the area feels warm or if you injure your shoulder in any way.

In most cases, physical therapy is required. Your surgeon and physical therapist will determine the most appropriate rehabilitation program.

Post-Surgical care for shoulder arthroscopy

 
 

Possible complications

 
 
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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. People with conditions limiting rehabilitation should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell if shoulder arthroscopy is right for you.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

As with any medical treatment, individual results may vary. The performance of shoulder replacements depends on age, weight, activity level and other factors. There are potential risks and recovery takes time. If you have conditions that limit rehabilitation you should not have this surgery. Only an orthopaedic surgeon can tell you if shoulder replacement is right for you.