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Shoulder Surgery

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Shoulder Surgery

This section is under construction. Please check back for information 

Labral Injuries

Bankart Lesion = are tears to the front bottom part of the labrum and usually occurs as a result of a shoulder dislocation.

Superior labrum anterior to posterior tears (SLAP)= is a tear on the upper part of the labrum extending from the front to the back. These tears often involve the tendon of the biceps muscle. These tears are usually from wear and tear and are not caused by dislocations

Posterior Labral Tear= occur in the back of the labrum. These can develop over time or due to an episode of  shoulder instability out the back. 


Shoulder Instability

Anterior shoulder instability=occurs when the shoulder dislocates out the front of the shoulder socket.  

Posterior shoulder instability=occurs when the shoulder dislocates out the back of the shoulder socket.

Multidirectional shoulder instability=occurs when the shoulder dislocates in multiple directions out of the shoulder socket, which commonly include going out the back, below and front dislocations. 

Rotator Cuff 

Rotator Cuff Injuries

Rotator Cuff Tendinitis/Bursitis/Impingement= is a result of swelling of the rotator cuff tendons and the fluid sack surrounding the shoulder joint. Normally, this does not need surgery on it's own, however your surgeon may address this if you have rotator cuff tear that requires surgery by decompression to relive the swelling. 

General information for after Shoulder Surgery

When can I take a shower? 

You can take a shower after 5 days after surgery.

Remove the white dressings and cover your incisions with waterproof bandages

How long do I have to wear my sling for?

Keep it on for 6 weeks- including while sleeping

Only time to take it off is if you are exercising your neck, wrist, elbow and hand.

Do not move shoulder for 2 weeks

Compression/Wicking Dressings (white dressings)

Leave on and keep dry for 5 days, then remove dressings with foam pads and place clean waterproof dressings over incisions 

When can I drive again? 

6 weeks provided that you have not been instructed otherwise

Cold Therapy Unit

Use as needed for 2 weeks or longer. This will help decrease your pain after surgery, decrease the swelling, and allow you to use less pain medication

Shoulder Immobilizer Sling 

Keep on all times including night for 6 weeks unless otherwise directed 

Exercise recommendations while wearing the sling

Take your arm out of the sling 4-5 times every day to exercise your neck, elbow, wrist and hand

Physiotherapy infographics

Routine Follow up

2 weeks 

You will have 

  • X-rays of your shoulder 

  • Stitches removed 

  • Physio plan reviewed 

6 weeks 

  • Shoulder is starting to heal 

  • Continue with physiotherapy

3 months 

  • Bring your physiotherapy progress report 

6 months 

  • Complete a survey on how your shoulder feels 

1 year & Yearly 

  • Survey on how your shoulder feels 

  • Follow up as required

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