How You Should Prepare for a Rotator Cuff Surgery

If you need a surgery, you may already be feeling anxious. The whole ordeal can seem daunting and there is no other way out of the problem you are facing. But one thing is certain. By preparing beforehand you can save yourself from any pain or misery. You will also recover in no time. The same is the case with a rotary cuff surgery. But in this case, preparing for this kind of surgery requires a different approach. To learn more, read on.


Understand the Procedure

A rotary cuff surgery basically is a shoulder arthroscopy. This surgery is carried out using a small camera (referred to as an arthroscope). It is not an open surgery, which means you will heal quickly, without having to worry about infections.

As for the procedure that your shoulder surgeon will perform, it varies depending on the problem at hand. Some reasons you may need such a procedure are:

  • Arthritis
  • Torn ligaments
  • Shoulder instability
  • Stretched ligaments
  • Ligament Tears
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Damaged or torn biceps tendon

Be Communicative

Enough emphasis cannot be placed on the fact that you will need to be communicative with your surgeon. Tell him/her about any over-the-counter or prescribed medicines you are using. You also need to let them know if you consume alcohol, use tobacco-based products or take supplements. It is possible that your surgeon will recommend getting off some of your medications two weeks before your surgery.

Your surgeon needs to know of any chronic conditions you suffer from i.e. heart disease or diabetes. If you are suffering from a chronic condition, you may also need clearance from your regular physician. If you have had any recent infections, let your surgical team know about it well before time.

Consult your Physical Therapist

If your surgeon suggests it, you will need to consult your physical therapist, largely because you may require physical therapy post-surgery. By meeting your physical therapist, you can ask all questions you may have to know what to expect, thus lowering your anxiety.

Arrange for Help Post-Surgery

Talk to your friends or family and ask them to help you post-surgery. Knowing that you won’t have to worry about doing the dishes, cooking dinner or other household chores; you will be at ease.

If you do not have friends or family living close by, contact an agency to get specialized help for your day-to-day tasks. Also, consider healthy lunch and dinner recipes that can be prepared easily when required.

Considering the fact you will need time to heal, is reason enough for you to plan well ahead of time.

Eat and Rest Well

Before surgery, it is imperative you are physically and mentally at your peak. The stronger you are, the quicker you will heal. For this reason, consume nutritious foods and get enough rest.

You may be asked not to consume anything. This means you have to stop eating or drinking the night before the surgery at midnight, especially if general anesthesia will be used during the procedure.

Move Commonly Used Items to Accessible Locations

To make things easy while you recover, place your items in accessible locations, like dishes and clothing for instance. This way, you will not have to bend or reach excessively – erratic movements that can deter the overall healing process.

Train yourself to do Everyday Tasks without your Injured Arm

Following the surgery, your injured arm will be in a sling, most likely for 4-6 weeks.

While your arm heals, you cannot use it, so you need to get used to carrying out your daily activities, like bathing and brushing your teeth, using the uninjured arm.

Wear Comfortable Clothes

Follow instructions provided down the word. Be on time as being late will create unnecessary stress not only for yourself but for the surgical team as well.
Wear comfortable clothes, and remember that you will go home post-surgery, so stick to clothes that are easy to take off and put on again.

Wear a loose-fitting shirt, most preferably with a zip. Pants or shorts with an elastic band and slip-on slippers or shoes are great options since you ‘have to dress’ with one arm.

These steps are just one of many ways you can go about preparing for a rotator cuff surgery. Of course, you will not know what to fully expect, if it is your first time going in for surgery. But then again, you won’t be surprised.

If possible, take the time to go online to learn more about the procedure by going online, and perhaps even check out videos, if you can handle it. The idea here is not to shy away, or be frightened of the procedure, but to embrace it with open arms so you will not freak out on the day the surgery has to take place.

Author Bio:

James Crook is a passionate health and fitness blogger. Currently, he is a working as a blogger for Dr. Joe Wilson, Shoulder Specialist NC. Follow @jamescrook911 for more updates.

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