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Shoulder Arthroscopy

Unfortunately, shoulder injuries are common. A relatively simple and safe procedure, called shoulder arthroscopy, can be performed to diagnose and treat many shoulder injuries and diseases. These surgeries are performed by orthopedic surgeons.

Shoulder arthroscopy is done using a small camera called an arthroscope. The surgeon enters the shoulder with the arthroscope via a small incision. Various surgical tools are used through additional small incisions (called portals) depending on what the surgeon decides needs to be done.

Nowadays, many shoulder surgeries are performed arthroscopically instead of open (bigger incision, no scope) because there is a smaller chance of infection and the shoulder tends to heal more quickly.

Anatomy of the Shoulder

The shoulder is a ball-and-socket type joint where the arm joins the upper thorax. The head (ball) of the humerus (upper arm bone) and the glenoid (socket) of the scapula (shoulder blade) are both covered by smooth hyaline (or articular) cartilage.  Within the joint, articular cartilage is made even more slick by joint lubricant called synovial fluid.  Ultimately, when the joint is healthy, motion of shoulder is fluid and pain-free.

There are many muscles and ligaments that help to stabilize and move the shoulder. Unfortunately, many of these structures can become injured and become a cause of shoulder pain or instability.

The rotator cuff is an important group of muscles that help to keep the head of the humerus (ball) in the glenoid of the scapula (socket) and stabilize the shoulder. It also aids in the movement of the shoulder in many directions. Injury or disease of the rotator cuff is common secondary to overuse, injury, or trauma and can cause pain and the shoulder to function poorly.

See Anatomy of the Shoulder for more details.

Fortunately, many shoulder issues can be treated successfully with shoulder arthroscopy.

Shoulder Problems Diagnosed or Treated With Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy may be done to diagnose or treat various shoulder problems (some are listed below). Firstly, however, your doctor will ask you questions and perform a physical examination on you that will help he or she decide what the next best step is in your care. Oftentimes, imaging studies are ordered: X-rays, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI scan), or computed tomographic (CT) imaging to help figure out what is going on.

It is important to remember that not all shoulder problems require surgical intervention. Many shoulder conditions can be successfully treated with non-surgical therapies like rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications (for example, tylenol or ibuprofen) or physical therapy.

While there are exceptions to the rule, surgery is usually the answer only if non-surgical treatments don’t work first.

Rotator Cuff Tear or Injury

If surgery is required and depending on how badly your rotator cuff is injured,  arthroscopic treatment may consist of a simple cleaning up of the tear (known as a debridement) or a repair.  During a rotator cuff repair, the edges of the torn tendons are brought together (if necessary) and small rivets (called suture anchors) are often used to help attach the tendon to the bone. The anchors are usually made of plastic and do not need to be removed after surgery. Typically, if a repair is performed, you will be in a sling and be unable to use your shoulder for a little while.  Physical therapy will also be required for recovery.

Again, not all rotator cuff tears or injuries require surgery.

The Glenoid Labrum

Oftentimes, after a shoulder dislocation, the glenoid labrum is torn.  A shoulder dislocation occurs when the head of the humerus is forced out of the glenoid. This usually occurs after a fall or other traumatic event. This may result in shoulder instability and your shoulder may become painful and feel unstable with specific movements.

Overuse injuries of the labrum can also occur with repetitive overhead motions as well.

Doctors may use words like “Bankart lesion” or “SLAP tear” to describe the above injuries.


The glenoid labrum is a ring shaped structure that is attached to and wraps around the outer glenoid. It increases the depth of the glenoid “socket” by 50% and acts like a bumper to stabilize the joint and prevent the ball-shaped humeral head from coming out of the socket. Importantly, the shoulder capsule, glenohumeral ligaments, and one of the biceps tendon also attach to it.

Tearing of the labrum, that may occur with shoulder trauma or overuse injuries, can lead to pain and other symptoms described below.


Labral tears may be characterized by is a sharp catching type sensation in the shoulder. This may be followed by a vague aching for several hours. This “catching feeling” may occur only with certain movements of the shoulder. Additionally, as the labrum again helps to stabilize the shoulder, a labral tear may make your shoulder feel weak or unstable.


The diagnosis of a labral tear may be suggested by the details of your injury and symptoms (i.e. your history) and the doctor’s physical examination. X-rays maybe often be normal. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan or a Computed Tomographic (CT) Scan with special dye in the shoulder may be used to make the diagnosis. Sometimes, using arthroscopy to look into the shoulder directly is the only way to make confirm the diagnosis.


Again, like most other injuries of the shoulder, labral tears may be successfully treated with non-surgical therapies like rest, ice, anti-inflammatory medications (for example, tylenol or ibuprofen) or physical therapy.

In the right situation, or with continued symptoms despite non-surgical therapies, shoulder arthroscopy may be performed to remove or repair the tear.

Shoulder Impingement Syndrome

Impingement syndrome is a condition where structures within the subacromial space become inflamed (including the bursa, rotator cuff) causing pain. Weakness and loss of movement of the shoulder may also be seen. the rotator

If non-surgical treatment is not working, arthroscopic “subacromial decompression” (cleaning out the space between the acromion and rotator cuff) may be performed. During this procedure the irritated bursa and painful bony projections (bone spurs) are removed. This helps to reduce inflammation and pain.

Frozen Shoulder

A frozen shoulder, called adhesive capsulitis, is a condition where the connective tissues surrounding the shoulder joint become inflamed. Is more common in middle-aged females and is often seen in individuals with various hormone issues such as hypothyroidism. It is also more common in diabetics. It may or may not follow shoulder injury.

Frozen shoulder is characterized by pain, then slowly worsening movement restriction (i.e. “frozen”). By far, the most important treatments for frozen shoulder are time and physical therapy. Oftentimes, this condition can take up to 1 to 2 years to fully resolve.

Arthroscopy for frozen shoulder is reserved for select cases and is usually not required. However, in certain situations, it may be beneficial.


Arthritis is a condition in which the cartilage of a joint (articular cartilage) wears down leaving the underlying bone exposed.  There are different types of arthritis.  The most common type is osteoarthritis.  To keep things simple, this type of arthritis can be thought of as your “wear and tear” arthritis i.e. the longer one lives and uses their joints, the more likely the cartilage in the joints will wear down.

Arthritis can lead to painful movement. Typically, the treatment for arthritis is non-surgical. Shoulder arthroscopy is usually not a great surgery for pain secondary to arthritis.  However, there are certain select situations where it may potentially be useful.

Torn or Damaged Biceps Tendon

The biceps tendon can oftentimes become inflamed. This is often associated with  impingement syndrome or rotator cuff tears. It can also become inflamed on its own. In order to relieve the symptoms of biceps tendonitis, an arthroscopic procedure called the biceps tenodesis or tenotomy may be performed to anchor the tendon (tenodesis) or release the tendon (tenotomy) to treat pain.

Preparing for Shoulder Arthroscopy

Be sure to tell your surgeon about all prescription and non-prescription medicines you are taking, including alcohol, supplements, cigarettes, or herbs. Include the name, the amount and how often you take them. Ask your surgeon which medications to avoid prior to surgery and which you should take on the day of your surgery.

Two Weeks Before Surgery

In preparation for shoulder arthroscopy you may need additional work-up to make sure you are safe for surgery. Typically, your surgeon will have you follow-up with your primary care provider to obtain “pre-operative medical clearance”.  Depending on your age and your health, this may consistent of a urine test, various blood tests, an EKG (to check your heart), and chest x-rays to make sure you’re safe for anesthesia.

If you take medications that cause thinning of the blood—like ibuprofen, aspirin, naproxen—you should stop taking these medicines about two weeks before your surgery.

If you are suffering from an illness like a cold, flu, fever, herpes or infection within a week of your surgery, tell your surgeon—your surgery many need to be postponed to prevent complications.

If you smoke or use tobacco products, stop them before surgery. Nicotine slows down the healing process for tissues and bone (i.e. even nicotine patches are not good for healing). Ask your doctor for other ways to help you stop.

If you drink more than one or 2 alcoholic drinks a day, be sure to tell your surgeon.

The Day of Surgery

Don’t eat or drink anything after midnight the day before surgery.  Take any medications approved by your primary care doctor the morning of surgery with just a sip of water. Arrive at the hospital or surgical center on time. Usually, it is best to arrive 2-3 hours before your surgery time to prevent any delays.

You will probably go home the day of surgery, so wear clothes that are easy to get on and off. OR bring a family member or friend who can help you. Your shoulder will likely be in a sling so zippers and ties will be all but impossible with one hand. Buttons are OK, snaps are better. Remember that you may not be allowed to raise your arm above your head to put on a sweatshirt or T-shirt. A big shirt or jacket that buttons or snaps up the front will work well. Wear pants that you can slip on and have an elastic waistband, like sweat pants or exercise shorts. Wear shoes, without stockings or socks, that slip on like flip flops, clogs, loafers, or sandals.

Anesthesia for Shoulder Arthroscopy

Usually a combination of both regional anesthesia and general anesthesia is used. The regional anesthesia makes the arm and shoulder numb so you don’t feel any pain during surgery. General anesthesia puts you to sleep and is used to make you comfortable during surgery.

Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy begins with a few small incisions made around the shoulder area. The arthroscope, which is connected to a video monitor, is inserted through one of these incisions. The arthroscope helps the surgeon to get a clear view of the shoulder joint and adjoining cartilage, ligaments and tendons. The other incisions are used for inserting equipment into the shoulder joint which are needed for the repair, reconstruction, etc.

At the end of the procedure, all the incisions are closed with suture, the area is bandaged, and you are taken to the recovery room.

Risks and Complications of Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is a safe procedure and the chances of complications are low. However, it’s important to know the risks and complications associated with it.

Risks include:

• Bleeding, infection, or blood clots.
• Infection, vomiting, nausea, urinary retention, sore throat, headache from the anesthesia. Some serious effects of anesthesia include strokes, heart attacks and pneumonia.
• Shoulder stiffness or weakness and/or loss of some or all sensation.
• The repair doesn’t heal
• The repair does not relieve symptoms
• Blood vessel or nerve damage in or near the shoulder

Care Following Shoulder Arthroscopy

Care following shoulder arthroscopy depends on the type of surgery that was performed. Make sure you ask lots of questions and get written post-operative instructions before going home. Medications are given to control the post procedure pain.

• Oftentimes following surgery you will have to wear a sling. If and how long you have to wear a sling will depend on the type of shoulder surgery you had. Also, if a repair was performed, usually you will not be able to move the shoulder for a while. Ask your surgical team if and when you can remove your sling (for example, physical therapy or grooming) and what your restrictions are on motion and lifting.

• Apply ice to the area as per surgeon’s instructions either by using an ice machine or putting ice over the bandaged area. Do not apply ice directly to the skin. Put a cloth between your skin and the ice. In the first few days, not apply heat to the area. (How to make an ice bag.)

• Ask your surgical team what type of suture was used to close your wounds. If absorbable sutures were used, they will dissolve with time, and do not need to be removed.  Otherwise, sutures are removed around 10 to 14 days after surgery.

• Diet: start with clear liquids and soups following surgery and slowly return to your regular diet. Sometimes the digestive system is slow to respond after anesthesia or while taking narcotic pain medicine and you may become nauseated. Constipation is also a common side effect of narcotic pain medication. Walking around more, taking less narcotic medications, and over the counter laxatives can all help.

• Strong pain pills (narcotics) may be prescribed for the first few days. Pain medicine should be taken exactly as your surgeon prescribes and as needed. Don’t wait to take your pain medicine until you are in a lot of pain; pain medicine works best if you stay ahead of the pain. Do not drink alcohol or drive while taking narcotic pain medication.

• You can take anti-inflammatory medicines along with the pain medicine – but check with your surgical team first. Take all pain medicines with food to prevent an upset stomach. Call your surgeon if you have pain that is not controlled with your pain medicine.

• You can usually remove the surgical bandage in about three days. However, the instructions of your surgeon should always be followed first. Because so much fluid is pumped into your shoulder during the procedure, it is normal for your dressing to have some drainage on it. If the drainage is excessive i.e. you are soaking through numerous dressings, call your surgical team.

• You can take a shower after the bandage is removed in about 3 days. Do not scrub or soak the wound for at least 2 weeks or as directed by your surgical team.

• Though physical therapy is usually started after one to two weeks after the surgery, sometimes simple exercises are given to the patients to do at home just after the surgery as this helps to keep the shoulder joint from getting too stiff.

• Do not drive until your surgeon say it’s okay

• If your job does not require to use the affected arm, you can expect to return to work within three to five days. However, if you heavily depend on your affected arm for work, expect to have to miss work or go on limited duty.

When to Call Your Surgeon or Go to the Nearest Emergency Room

• If you have difficulty breathing.
• If you have swelling or pain in your thigh or calf.
• If the arm you had surgery on changes color or temperature.
• If you have progressive numbness in the affected arm.
• If the pain in the affected arm gets worse even with proper use of pain medication; or if you cannot control the pain with the pain medicine.
* If you have a fever higher than 101.5°F.
• If you have excessive nausea and/or vomiting from the pain medication.
• If you have continuous draining or bleeding from the incisions.

What You Can Expect After Shoulder Arthroscopy

Shoulder arthroscopy is often a better alternative to open surgery in the right situation. Arthroscopy surgery is typically done outpatient — meaning you go home the same day as surgery.

Depending on the surgery that was performed, therapy may be delayed to allow your shoulder to heal first. However, physical or occupational therapy usually end up being a part of the recovery process.  They help you to regain shoulder motion and strength. Complete recovery can take as long as 6 months to a year depending on what type of surgery was done.

It is very important to listen to your surgeon’s post-operative restrictions and instructions to ensure maximal recovery.  It is a common saying amongst surgeons that “the surgery itself is the easy part of the recovery process.”  The result of your surgery depends heavily on you!



  1. Gary and Dave,
    I hear your stories, and are very positive regarding rotator cuff surgery and the road to recovery. I had my surgery 6 weeks ago on my left shoulder. Wore the brace faithfully all the time, except was pretty antsy the last week. couldn’t wait to get it off! I started PT within 3 days, passive ROM. It was somewhat painful the first week, then slowly, I could move more and more without discomfort.My PT said she has never seen anyone recover so quickly and have such ROM this fast without pain. I’m thinking “girl” you are awesome, you must be the poster child for this surgery” Ha. So I got my brace off, and showed the PA my “buff” looking left bicep that was repaired and reattached to my rotator cuff repair. I thought it had some swelling. So he thought perhaps my bicep became detached again (even though it looked like that right after surgery).It should not look that way. That deflated my happy moment. Then started active ROM today, and now my shoulder pops and cracks lifting up and down , with some pain involved. Everything I’ve read about Rotator Cuff surgery makes me greatful I have done better than most, but fear perhaps I have some other things going on now. And to all the other comments about frozen shoulder, and your Dr. waiting to start PT, I believe that starting PT immediately is a key to getting optimum ROM and decrease in pain . Any Dr. who does not believe in starting it ASAP is doing his patients harm. Good luck to you all!

  2. I had rotator cuff surgery and a few more procedures done yesterday that I can not pronounce and I have never in my life been in so much pain. It is pretty much almost unbearable for me I have had given birth 3 times and this is nothing compared to that. There is nothing compared to this kind of pain this pain is insane. I don’t understand how they put you completely out with anesthesia and give you a Nerve blocker do what they do then let you wake up and exspect you to just go on home and be fine. Depending on you and your type of surgery . I don’t get how the Dr can give you prescriptions to have filled a week before surgery when he does not know the extent of the entire surgery that could be taking place. Because for me my surgeon found a few more things he had to fix while he was in there with the scope thingy
    The pain scale goes from 1-10. I am an an 18. I feel angry for the people that have to go home and be in this type of pain. It’s not okay. I called my Dr and they said to double up on my 1 pain medication that he prescribed me I never hope to have to go through something like this again

  3. Kristol Schwenn says

    I AM A 54 YR FEMALE DIABETIC IMPERFECT & I HAD A DOUBLE INFERIOR ANTERIOR DISLOCATION 154 DAYS AGO -ROTATOR CUFF, LABRAL, AND 5 TENDONS ALL SEVERED, MANY OTHER TEAR REPAIRS ALSO ARTHRITIS ON THE CLAVICLE AND NECK @105 DAYS I HAD SURGERY ON THE RIGHT SHOULDER 7 WEEKS AGO SINCE SURGERY #1. 2 DAYS OF REHAB AND ITS GETTING FUNCTIONAL-JUST DID WHAT I WAS TOLD ALSO UNFORTUNATELY A DIABETIC-REHAB,ICE,AND WATCHFUL DIET I FEEL PRETTY GOOD ON THE RT SIDE. IT SOUNDS LIKE THEY WILL DO THE LEFT SURGERY IN 3-4 MONTHS (Dog took me Thru a split rail fence.). Using speech to text sorry about the ALL Caps. My question is; what is the standard time it takes before you have surgery and after you have surgery to heal. My husbands up next for a knee replacement and I’ve lost so many days at work? I do realize that everybody is different and that your answer is generalized and it is not taken as the end-all-be-all advice but I just wondered if anybody can give me an idea. They say that though what is taking the longest is the bicep was twisted and on the backside of my arm and had to be cut and pinned so there’s nine Pins and it is not taken as the end all be all advice but I just wondered if anybody can give me an idea. They say that though what is taking the longest is the bicep was twisted and on the backside of my arm and had to be cut and pinned so there’s nine pins And an uncounted amount of stitches. It’s just all seems like it’s taking so long. And my husband is in dire need of a knee replacement so I need to get better so he can get better so I can go back to work. They started off saying a year but it’s obviously going to be taking longer than that for what they told me they’re going to do. PS never have surgery on a Friday, a full moon, a huge holiday! Also what is the best type of icing or cryo-devices, cryo looks wonderful but I just have ice packs any advice on that would be great. Thank you Kristol Schwenn

    I want my huggers back!!!

  4. Cindy Schmidler says

    We are glad to hear you are feeling better after your surgery!



  6. I broke my shoulder 2 years ago due to a hard fall on a concrete floor. I went to the ERnwhereni was told they would be performing surgery. After deciding to refer me to an Ortho surgeon he decided to wait and didn’t do surgery till almost 8 months later. I had arthroscopic surgery and extensive PT. I donot deal with pain now only during strenuous overuse or cold weather. My problem I that now my shoulder protrudes forward and also upward. The bone is protruding upward considerably compared to the other which now makes it look as if one arm is longer then the other. If my arms are each at my side my left arm hangs a whole hand longer then the other which has left me feeling inconsiderably insecure and awkward. What can I do to repair this? So far the surgeons feel like it’s “no big deal” one surgeon said he could go in and clean it up again but at this point I don’t know if that is a good option. Any advice will help please.

  7. Joanne bocock says

    I have just had a shoulder arthroscopy 2weeks ago and never known pain like it.however i have fallen down my stairs carrying a cup and saucer which i shouldnt have anyway in my good arm.i obviously couldnt put my arm out to save me.i am now in even more pain and hurt my neck and realy concerned if i have done further damage to my shoulder i dont know what to do

  8. Diane Cooper says

    I had shoulder surgery in 2011. I believe I had a ball put in. Had no trouble until recently. Now, when I move my right arm certain ways I get sharp pain. Do I need to go back to the doc who did the surgery?:

  9. I have had surgery 2 Times on my R shoulder, 1 artho and 1 open. Both are different recovery times. Am going in soon for left shoulder . Still pain and lack of full movement in the r one .Should I wait to do the left on one done & how long?

  10. Im going to have surgery but i an addicted to speed will my doctor find out and what will he do about my surgery

  11. Hi all in need of some advise, I have had shoulder arthroscopy 5 months ago. I went for physio and did all that was required however to date I am unable to lift up my shoulder/arm. I was diagnosed a few years back with anklosing spondylitis but on a second and third opinion that diagnosis was not confirmed. My doctor has suggested that I go back into surgery were they will physically manipulate the shoulder to move as all my scans are clear and he believes that it could be a frozen shoulder. Any thoughts please

  12. Hi. I had my 4th rotator cuff surgery about a month ago. I had a large tear, shoulder instability, bone spurs, etc. Doctor worked on me and I feel ok but I am a bit worried since two of my incision sites are very sore and one stays warm/hot all the time. And there is a “knot” that I feel around of the incisions. Is that normal?? Haven’t started PT yet, doctor is keeping me in the sling longer. I can take it off when home but must have it on when out. My arm/shoulder gets tired and I feel worn out. Again is that normsl?? Any advise, input is greatly appreciated.

    Thank you.

  13. I had three years of therapy/shots/PT/chiro for a frozen shoulder (Left) and finally got arthroscopic surgery/decompression, etc. My arm is GREAT two years later. Got R side frozen shoulder in Jan. 2016 and after one shot made it worse and the pain was horrible, and with my history, I asked for the surgery on the R. side. Had it last week – manipulation under GA and subacromial decompression. He said he gave me a lot of room. I am hopeful. Not too much pain but I do wear out quickly during the day. I’m sleeping well at night. The frozen shoulder pain is gone but I don’t have great range of motion yet. I think frozen shoulder is the worst pain I have ever endured in my life. No pain has every crumpled me to the floor in tears and agony, not even childbirth.

  14. Nancy,
    Have you had any improvement? I am having the same problem. I had surgery five months ago and my arm and range of motion is worse than it was before surgery. My arm and had feel week and I have tingling and numbness in my had all the time. The doctor says “it’s probably not serious” Been going to PT for the full five months and do the exercises at home every day. I admit I am getting quite worried that I am never going to heal. I just turned 50 and am used to being quite active. The pain and numbness make me feel exhausted all the time.

  15. To Nancy the teacher, I would go back for a second opinion to another DR and tell them you are still having significant problems, and request a new mri. Because your tear may not have ever healed or have retorn or many other isses could have arose eg. Tendinitis, bursitis etc. I have had the same issues and have had 3 surgeries with 3 differrent drs. Finally found a good one. Keep going till you find a doctor that will listen and will treat I will not delay treatment. This is only my opinion, I am NOT a doctor, I just know I’ve suffered for a long time trying to get help so I know how you feel and I wish you well. Take care. And to others out there if you don’t feel improved in 12 months you need to speak to your doctor about that and if you’re not happy get a second opinion

  16. Had surgery 3 days ago shoulder decompression an removal of bone spurs an labrum clean up out of immobilizer next day PT today very sore an decedent range of motion, very scared seems very soon but all Dr. Orders.

  17. my husband had a shoulder arthroscopy and suffered a blood clot and stroke six days later , HAS ANYONE ELSE HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCE OR ANY ADVISE PLEASE ,

  18. adalia perez says

    I have blood specks under my left eye after my rotor cuff surgery what does that mean

  19. Does PRP shot work for torn labrum in shoulder?

  20. I had arthroscopy to fix a rotator cuff tear 2 years ago,. I went through 6 months of physical therapy, but it just didn’t seem to be getting any better. I am a teacher, and sometimes I have to hold my right hand up with my left hand, so that I can write on the board. My right arm is fairly useless when it comes to lifting anything, or raising it for very long. Consequently, I think that I have over-extended my left shoulder, trying to cover for the right one. I am VERY worried about this. I have always been VERY strong , and it’s killing me to be somewhat helpless. I’m afraid to have surgery on my left arm, because me right one never really got better. I’m envious of people who say that they got their full use back. I am 64. Does age matter?

  21. Lorraine azar says

    What does it mean to have arthritis cleaned out during shoulder surgery?

  22. I had a sub acrominal decompression in march having suffered with shoulder pain for two year, had several cortisone injections and hydo injections that inserts saline into the joint to expand it. 5 months on, I am in more pain now than before, my arm is just so weak, if I am laying down I cannot lift my arm up. Have done physio, I now have movement and can lift my arm up if I use my other arm to do it, I can put my arm behind my back, but the pain is still there. Mornings are the worst, my arm is numb during the night and it just doesn’t want to move if I don’t move it with my other arm, once I am up and have a shower, movement comes back, not sure if it’s the cold and the non movement during the night, but I am wits ends and can’t understand why I am in so much pain, if I had an operation to fix the problem in the first place. Am now trying reflexology and will try acupuncture as well.

  23. Darlene LeBlanc says

    I had arthroscopic surgery on my shoulder for impingement 10 years ago and the shoulder is really sore again. The doctor here told me that nothing can be done for the pain. He says that a second surgery is not possible due to the scar tissue and that the larger surgery would not help the pain or movement that I have now. Any suggestions on what I can do to relieve this pain? All pain meds do not work for me. I had 4 hip replacements with no success and have tried many meds and really extreme high doses that do not do anything for the pain.

  24. I have two completely torn tendons, supposed to have surgery, but don’t know when. Apparently a long wait. In the meantime is it a wise choice to continue with physiotherapy, and exercise the shoulder 3 times a day? Does this better prepare a person for surgery?

  25. I had a Arthroscopy done yesterday now I noticed that I have like blood specks in both of my eyes and I’m worried

  26. Had the surgery to repair rotator cuff tear, 10 days ago. Arm feels great , no pain, but being a 1 arm person is driving me nuts. Started phyiscal therepy last week with some passive exercises, and I’m ready for more. Don’t see Doc for another week and this immobilizer is driving me nuts. I feel very confined. Will ask Doc if I can return to work. Every thing I read says the first 4 to 6 weeks are the worse, then you start to build ROM, and strength in your shoulder. Sleeping is a challenge, not for pain, but just being tired enough from not doing anything all day. Good luck.

  27. i have had a rotator cuff tear in a 4 wheeler accident 3 years ago no pain what so ever and full rom now i am doing the other shoulder i had the surgery 3 days ago and am off the pain meds because i wear the pillow immobilizer and will be back up in running in no time following the proper stretching and no lifting for at least 4 to6 weeks and am sure to have a healthy recovery

  28. Media Partners says

    Geesh, that’s not good to hear. Do they say how long it will take to get back to some sense of normal? I’m starting to have rotator issues and have started trying to find ways to prevent surgery.

  29. Hey, 4 years ago i dislocated my shoulder playing football for portland.state, i thougjt nothing of it do to it going strait back in socket and only hurting a little, that was my sr year, sence then iv dislocated my arm over 50 times, river rafting, working, sleeping, picking up my son. I delt with the pain and didnt see a doc, on thanksgiving of 2012, i woke up and STRETCHED my arms over my head, my shoulder went rip rip snap, it woke my wife up it was such a loud popping sound, after 30 minutes running around the house screaming my wife finaly drove me to the hospital, i was use to my shoulder relocating like the preveas 50 times, it didnt!!!!! The er put me to sleep to put my arm in socket, after seeing a surgen, i had my surgery 3 weeks ago, 6 incitions,i have metal ancers holding my legaments to my bone, and had rotator cuff tear, i still cant sleep at nite, im a grown man and im still getting tears n my eyes n the mornings after i finaly fall asleep sitting up, i keep telling myself i would of never did this surgery if i knew how much pain afterwards was going to bring, my advise to u is do NOT lift with your shoulder a month after surgery!

  30. I work in cleaning buildnings. I’m going to surgery shoulder arthroscopy in 2 weeks. I like to know if i can back to work in 2 or 3 weeks , and if I can use the vacuum or any heavy machine. Please tell me how bad is this surgery and the recovery.


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