Complications are rare, but no procedure is completely free of risk. If you are planning to have arthroscopic shoulder surgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications which may include:
Three small incisions will be made in your shoulder. A special tool called an arthroscope will be inserted. An arthroscope is a flexible tube with a light at the end and a camera attached. This will allow the doctor to view the inside of the shoulder on a screen. Tiny instruments will be inserted into the other incisions. The doctor will then cut and remove scar tissue. The incisions will be closed with stitches.
Immediately After Procedure
You will be taken to a recovery room after surgery. You will be monitored for any adverse reactions to surgery or anesthesia.
How Long Will It Take
About 1-½ to 2 hours
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia will block pain during the procedure. In some cases, the doctor implants a
into the shoulder. This pump slowly delivers pain medicine. It may be used for the first couple of days. Afterwards, you will have medicine to help manage the pain.
Average Hospital Stay
If there are no complications, it may be possible to leave the hospital on the same day. Talk to your doctor to see if this is an option in your case.
Your shoulder will be sore for a few weeks. It can take 3-6 months to fully recover.
When you return home, you may be asked to do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Ice the swollen area for the first 24-48 hours. Do this for 20-30 minutes at a time.
Sleep sitting up or in a recliner. Place a pillow behind your elbow.
Change the dressing.
Shower 2-3 days after surgery.
Take pain medicine. If you have a pain pump, this will be removed in 1-2 days.
Return to the doctor in 7-14 days to have your stitches removed.
Resume your regular diet when you are ready. You may need to start with a
clear liquid diet.
if told to do so by your doctor. You may not need to use one, because it can cause stiffness.
Work with a physical therapist at home to focus on
Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.
Call Your Doctor
After you leave the hospital, contact your doctor if any of the following occurs:
Signs of infections, including fever and chills
Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision sites
Cough, trouble breathing, or chest pain
Severe nausea or vomiting
Pain becomes worse or swelling increases
Tingling or numbness that will not go away, especially in arms and hands
Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care
provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a
substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER
IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the
advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to
starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a