Surgery for Shoulder Impingement: Your Experience
Surgery can help free up space in your shoulder joint. This relieves symptoms
of impingement. Prepare for surgery as instructed. If you don't, your
surgery may have to be rescheduled. You will be given instructions for
recovering at home. If you have any questions, be sure to get them answered.
Preparing for Surgery
As instructed, stop taking aspirin or other anti-inflammatory medications.
Tell your doctor about all medications and herbs you take. Ask whether
you should stop taking them before surgery.
Don't eat or drink after midnight the night before surgery. This includes
water, mints, and chewing gum.
Arrange for an adult friend or family member to give you a ride home.
Recovering from Surgery
You will be taken to a recovery area after surgery. A doctor or nurse will
give you medicine to help relieve discomfort.
If you had arthroscopy, you might go home the same day. If you had open
surgery, you may need to stay overnight.
Before leaving the surgery center, make sure you know how to care for yourself
at home. Taking medicine, using ice, and keeping your arm in a sling as
instructed will help you recover faster.
It may take a few months to feel the full benefit of the surgery.
When to Call the Doctor
After surgery, it's normal to feel some shoulder numbness for the first
few days. But call your doctor if you notice any of the following:
Excessive pain or swelling
Excessive drainage from the wound
Numbness in your fingers or hand
Increased redness near an incision
101°F or higher