Post Operative Instructions

Shoulder Arthroscopy and SLAP Repair

  1. Apply ice to your shoulder 20 – 30 minutes, 3 times a day for 48 hours and generally remain at rest for the remainder of the day.

  2. Stay in the sling at all times except for showering. You may loosen the sling 2 -3 times a day to gently move your elbow and wrist. This will last 4 weeks. Do not move your shoulder until you start therapy and then only as directed.

  3. Do not use the operated arm for anything—no pushing, pulling, lifting or twisting.

  4. Do not put the arm through the sleeve of a shirt unless someone does if for you without lifting your arm away from your body.

  5. May remove the dressing and shower in 48 hours. Put bandaids over the incisions after showering. Do not soak the incisions in water (no baths or pools for 1 month). Leave the paper steri-strips on until your follow-up visist.

  6. Take the pain medication as needed, per the instructions on the bottle. A prescription for nausea if you have any, is also provided. You may also take ibuprofen 800 mg with food every 6 – 8 hours if needed for extra pain relief.

  7. Your post-operative appointment is schedule on _________________________ at the ____________office.

    If you need to verify or change your post-op appointment, please call 703-277-BONE (2663).

  8. Call the number on the back of the physical therapy prescription now to arrange to start therapy 2 – 3 weeks after surgery.

  9. Call the Springfield office (703) 810-5210 Option3 or the Burke Office (703) 810-5221 Option 3 for any problems. If you have shortness of breath or chest pain, call 911.