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Tootal Shoulder Replacement - POST OPEERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

You have undergone a total shouldeer replacemennt.

SLINGS/BRACES

Your surgeon will advise you as to how often you will need to use your sling or brace. Generally this is for 6 weeks, only removing the sling to exercise. This is necessary so that you don’t damage the surgical site. Follow these instructions until you are reviewed by Dr. Pullen.

PAIN RELIEF

Dr. Pullen will prescribe you pain medication. It is important that you stay on top of your pain, so that you are able to sleep and complete your exercises comfortably. Please ask if you are unclear. You may ice the joint frequently to combat swelling and pain. Use a plastic zip‐lock bag covered by a damp towel; 3‐4 times as day for 20‐‐25mins is appropriate. You must keep the wound clean and dry. Report any worrisome conditions to your surgeon immediately. This includes swelling, fevers, chills, redness and excess drainage of the wound, as these may indicate infection.

SLEEPING

Flat on your back or side; lying on the non‐operated side is generally the most comfortable position following shoulder surgery. Try not to lie directly on the operated shoulder for the first few weeks.

REHABILITATION

Early rehabilitation is the key to a speedy and thorough recovery following your shoulder procedure. Depending on your type of surgery, you will have a different exercises and limitations. Your physiotherapist will explain in detail your program for the period immediately after your surgery.

WHAT NOT TO DO

  1. AVOID lifting with your operated arm
  2. AVOID driving for the first 6 weeks
  3. AVOID excessive stretching or sudden
  4. AVOID externally rotating the arm the past movements midline.

EXERCISES

  1. Finger, wrist and elbow general movements: Designed to reduce secondary stiffness. Spend 2 minutes every hour moving and loosening the hand, wrist and elbow. Can also include grip squeezes.
  2. Scapula Clocks: Rotate, shrug and squeeze your should blades to keep the scapula free from stiffness. Perform for 1 minute every hour.
  3. Pendular exercises: Stand, lean forward slightly so your shoulder “hangs”. GENTLY swing your shoulder as if it’s a pendulum on a grandfather clock. Move to each “hour” on the clock three times. Repeat hourly. You can do this exercise whilst still in your sling.
  4. Passive and Active Forward Flexion: Begin by using your good arm to assist your operated arm to move so that your elbow reaches MAXIMUM shoulder height. Use your pain level as a guide. Repeat 10 times hourly. If you are feeling up to it, you can try to move without the assistance of your good arm. Repeat 10 times, hourly.
  5. General Fitness: You can keep up your general fitness by walking or using a stationary exercise bike. Don’t get into the pool until your wounds are healed and you’ve been given the go ahead from Mr Pullen as you may risk infecting the surgical site.

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Please make sure you have a review appointment with Dr Pullen for 2 weeks following your operation.

You will most likely require physiotherapy for your shoulder rehabilitation. Dr. Pullen will advise you whether this is required. 

SURGEON CONTACT:…………………………………………………………………………………………………..Ph 9419‐2551

INPATIENT PHYSIOTHERAPIST…………………………………………………………………………………...Ph 9845‐2330 


 


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