Post Op / Discharge Instructions
Instructions for Patients Following Rotator Cuff Repair - Open or Closed
A prescription for pain medication will be given to you at the time of your preoperative evaluation or as you leave the hospital. Please use all medications as directed. Unless otherwise instructed, do not take anything with aspirin in it for at least one week after surgery.
In the recovery room, you will notice that your arm is in an abduction pillow or sling. This should be worn at all times. You are to keep your arm in the position that the abduction pillow provides. You may perform a hand exercise, you should acquire a soft rubber ball or some such device in order to do hand squeezes. This also will reduce stiffness and swelling in the surgical extremity. Other instructions on progressive exercises will be given at your follow-up visits. It is important that you maintain your arm in the position as instructed at the time of your discharge to protect surgery.
Wounds and Dressings
The postoperative dressings should be maintained intact until the first postoperative visit. The dressings should be kept dry. If you have a cooling pad in place, you may want to place a paper towel or and cloth between the pad and dressings to absorb the moisture that accumulates on the Ice pad.
PROBLEMS - Please contact my office if any of the following should
- You develop increasing pain in the shoulder that is not relieved by rest or ice packs.
- You develop a temperature above 102° or a persistent temperature above 101°.
- You note loss of strength or feeling in the fingers.
Problems following this type of surgery are minimal. However, if you have any questions or feel that there is a problem, please feel free to call at any time.
Unless mentioned otherwise, your shoulder will be rechecked 6-10 days after surgery. Please call my office as soon as you get home if a recheck appointment was not set up prior to having your surgery.