Post Surgical Shoulder Instructions

Day 1 Post-Op: Surgical dressings are removed and bandages applied over sutures

Day 2 Post-Op: Bandages are removed and you may shower. Do not rub, but dab around sutures, making sure that there is no moisture left in the crevices. You can use a hair dryer on cool to help dry. Put fresh bandages back on. It is okay to touch the incisions.

First Week Following Surgery: Codman pendulum swing. Let arm hang loose, no active use of shoulder muscles, have your body make the movements. Swing arm front and back and side to side.

Day 7 Post-Op: Sutures come out. Wait one day to shower. Steri-strips are applied; let them come off on their own. Physical therapy will start after that.

Exercises at home include stretches and isometrics will be reviewed during physical therapy.

First 6 weeks following surgery: Sleep in sling on an incline. During the day/around the house can be out of the sling starting immediately, unless told otherwise by Dr. Bennett.

Do not lift anything heavy or elevate arm over head for the first 6 weeks. You can bend your elbow to bring things to your mouth. To get dressed, bend forward to get repaired arm through shirt.

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