What to Expect From Your Shoulder Surgery  

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Most shoulder ailments can be dealt with through regular applications of ice and compression. It also helps to get some rest and keep it elevated. Significant injuries can require the services of an orthopedic surgeon if rehabilitation and other nonoperative methods fail don’t help. Crystal Run Healthcare has specialists on-hand who can assist in diagnosing and performing any needed shoulder surgery.

Reasons for Shoulder Surgery

You may require shoulder surgery if you’re suffering from any of the following issues:

  1. Tendonitis or Bursitis — Caused by repetitive motions that end up squeezing or rubbing of the rotator cuff.
  2. Tears in the Tendon — Normal wear-and-tear, aging, and overuse from repetitive actions can cause tendons to partially tear or completely split in two.
  3. Fractures — Caused by a traumatic injury to the shoulder.
  4. Instability — Having your shoulder suddenly forced out of the joint can cause it to become dislocated.

Your doctor will thoroughly evaluate the condition of your shoulder to determine if surgery would be the right course of action for you. Feel free to ask any questions you have that empowers you to make an informed decision on pursuing a surgery option.

Preparing for Shoulder Surgery

Make sure you follow any instructions given by your physician on what you should eat and drink beforehand. Take a bath or shower beforehand so that your body’s entirely clean and free of any deodorants, perfumes, lotions, or nail polish. Don’t wear any jewelry into your surgery. You should also take out contact lenses to prevent possible corneal abrasions.

Bring your picture ID and other relevant information to make check-in as speedy as possible. You may be given anesthesia depending on the extent of your surgery.

Recovering From Shoulder Surgery

It’s best to have a companion who can drive you home after your surgery. You don’t want to operate a motor vehicle while dealing with the pain from your surgery and the after-effects of any anesthesia you may have been given.

Follow any instructions given to you by your surgeon. They can include details on how to change bandages, care for your wounds, and how long you should wait before getting back to specific activities like driving. Pushing yourself too hard could aggravate your injury and undo all your progress.

Call your doctor if you notice signs of infection or feel yourself falling ill. Attend all follow-up appointments and let your doctor know of any discomfort you’re experiencing.

Come by for an Evaluation

Looking for a qualified physician for possible shoulder surgery? Contact Crystal Run Healthcare at (845) 703-6999.

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