Will it be painful?
Although the operation is to relieve pain, it may be several weeks before you feel the benefit. You may have a nerve block- Interscalene Block (ISB), which will numb the arm and may last for 12-24 hours. This is to help with pain relief following your surgery.
This will mean you will wake up with a numb arm. This will wear off after 12-24 hours.
Following the operation, it is important that you take your pain medication regularly to keep the pain under control. This will help you to be able to do the exercises that the physiotherapist will provide you. You will be discharged from the ward with medication appropriate to your needs. You will be given one week’s supply. If you need further medication please book an appointment with your GP
The amount of pain you experience will vary from patient to patient, therefore take the amount of pain relief you need. This can be discussed with your GP if needed.
Do I need to wear a sling?
You will need to wear a sling for up to 4 weeks initially post-surgery. This is to protect the repair that you have had done in the initial phase of healing. It is also for your comfort. The sling needs to be worn all of the time, except for washing, dressing and doing your physiotherapy exercise.
Sleeping- Keep your sling on when you are sleeping until you are advised to remove it. For the first few weeks- you may find it more comfortable to sleep on your back initially, with a pillow under your operated arm for support. This will support your arm so that it doesn’t fall backwards. You may also find it more comfortable to sleep in a semi-sitting position. Your Physiotherapist will discuss this with you.
When can I go home from hospital?
The majority of patients go home on the same day.
When can I return to work?
You can return to sedentary jobs after 2 weeks as you feel able. For more manual jobs you should wait until after 12 weeks following your surgery, this should be guided by your Consultant.
Do I need to do exercises?
Yes, you will be given exercises and should be supervised by a Physiotherapist. The aim of these is to stop your shoulder stiffening up.
Here is a video of the procedure – please contact using the details on this website to book a consultation if you think you may have a cuff tear.