After surgery, you will stay in the recovery room for 1 to 2 hours before being transferred to the ward. You will be discharged the following morning, after making sure that your pain is well controlled, you are eating and drinking and are able to toilet. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least the first night.
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How quickly your shoulder recovers after surgery depends on what exactly was done and can vary quite significantly from person to person. Most patients have some pain and discomfort for at least the first week or two. If you have had more extensive surgery, the discomfort may last several weeks before subsiding.
Ice will help relieve pain and swelling. If appropriate, you will be prescribed a combination of short and long acting analgesics. These include Oxycontin or Targin, Naprosyn Slow Release (SR) and Paracetamol (Panadol). On occasion, you may be given Lyrica or Tramadol.
If a repair has been performed, you will need a sling or special immobiliser to protect your shoulder. I will discuss with you how long to use the sling.
Rehabilitation is an important part of getting maximum benefit out of surgery and returning to your usual activities. A physiotherapy based program will help you regain your shoulder motion and eventually strength. I will advise on a plan based on the surgical procedure that was performed.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.