Recovery and Rehabilitation after Shoulder Arthroscopy
Even though recovery from shoulder arthroscopy is often quicker than an open surgery procedure, it still may take a few weeks for the joint to recover. During this time, it is critical to follow post-operative and rehabilitation protocols provided by Dr. Verma at the time of surgery.
Patients can expect pain, swelling and discomfort in the shoulder following the arthroscopic procedure. It is commonly recommended to apply ice packs or a cooling pad to the affected area to help alleviate pain and swelling which are provided on the day of surgery. If pain medication is prescribed, a patient is expected to follow usage instructions. Many patients plan to take a few days off work and other activities to aid in recovery.
Patients are encouraged to begin their daily rehabilitation right away as directed, the first day of surgery in many cases. The rehabilitation process between the patient and physician is a key to success following shoulder arthroscopy. Dr. Verma and his team will provide all patients with a detailed outline of the rehabilitation protocol to help strengthen the shoulder and increase range of motion.
For more resources on arthroscopic shoulder surgery, or to determine if you are a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy, please contact the office of Dr. Nikhil Verma, shoulder surgeon treating patients living in the Chicago, Westchester, Oak Brook and Hinsdale, Illinois communities.