What is the Recovery Following Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Patients can expect the repaired joint to heal in four to six weeks following shoulder arthroscopy. Although recovery time is much quicker with this minimally invasive approach than open surgery, it still takes the joint time to heal after the injury and surgical procedure. Patients should plan to take a few rest days with no work and activities to allow the shoulder to recover early on in the recovery process. During the healing process, it is absolutely important all patients follow the post-operative and rehabilitation protocols provided by Dr. Provencher and his team.
Patients are strongly encouraged to begin the daily rehabilitation protocols immediately following arthroscopic shoulder surgery, even on the first day of surgery in many cases. Dr. Provencher will provide all patients with a detailed rehabilitation outline designed to increase the shoulder’s range of motion and overall function. Strict abidingness of the rehabilitation protocol provided by Dr. Provencher and his team is critical to full recovery.
Following shoulder arthroscopy, patients can expect some level of discomfort, pain and swelling in and around the repaired joint. Dr. Provencher typically recommends icing or a cooling pad to help alleviate pain and swelling following the procedure. Moreover, all patients are expected to follow pain medication guidelines provided by Dr. Provencher at all times.
To learn more about your shoulder injury or condition, or for more resources on arthroscopic shoulder surgery, please contact the office of shoulder surgeon Dr. Matthew Provencher, serving patients in Vail, Aspen, Colorado Springs, and Denver, Colorado .