Is the Surgery an Outpatient Procedure?
Yes, the surgery is typically performed on an outpatient basis, and you can go home the same day.
How Long Does the Surgery Take?
The procedure can take 1-2 hours, depending on how complex it is.
Is Shoulder Instability Surgery Painful?
You shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. Before the surgery, the anesthesia doctor will use ultrasound to inject numbing medication around your nerves to provide a regional nerve block. The medication numbs the area from your neck down through your arm. The doctor may also give you a sedative to help you sleep through the procedure.
How Long Does Pain Last After Surgery?
The regional nerve block can be short- or long-acting and lasts 18 to 72 hours. You won’t feel much pain the first couple of days after surgery. Your doctor will also recommend you start taking over-the-counter medications, which will keep your pain to a minimum as the nerve block wears off.
What Is the Recovery Time for Shoulder Instability Surgery?
How much time your recovery and rehab take will depend on several factors, including the severity of your injury, how long you had or how often you have had shoulder instability before surgery, and how well you stick with physical therapy appointments and exercises.
How Soon Will I Start Physical Therapy?
You’ll likely start physical therapy within a week after shoulder instability surgery. Over the next 16 weeks or so, you’ll gradually progress from assisted movement (your physical therapist or your good arm moving your affected shoulder) to light resistance exercises, to strengthening exercises. During the first 4-6 weeks, limits on range of motion may be used to protect your repair.
How Soon After Shoulder Instability Surgery Can I Drive?
You can usually start to drive at 6 weeks.
What Other Activity Limits Will I Have?
You should limit heavy lifting until 12 weeks. You should not play contact sports or do Olympic-style weightlifting until 16 weeks after surgery.
How Soon Can I Return to Sports?
If you’re an athlete, our sports physical therapists can tailor exercises to help you return to your sport safely, maximize your performance, and reduce your risk of re-injury.