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Is shoulder arthroscopy better for me than open surgery?

Arthroscopic surgery is  sometimes better than open surgery as it causes less pain after surgery. Recovery is fast and you need to spend less amount of time in the hospital.

What can make my recovery easier and faster?

Keeping yourself fit and healthy, avoid smoking and doing physical therapy as recommended by your surgeon, may speed up your recovery.

How long I have to spend off work after having shoulder arthroscopy?

It may take few weeks to have full recovery after shoulder arthroscopy, however this varies from person to person and also depends on the type of work you do.

How long I have to take physical therapy at home?

Physical therapy for 4 weeks, 2-3 times a week is very helpful in faster recovery.

Is it normal, as I feel numbness around my shoulder following surgery?

One may experience some numbness, outside shoulder, as it occurs due to nerve damage while making incision. This normally goes away with time.

When can I take shower or bath following shoulder arthroscopy?

You should avoid shower or bathing until the incision is completely dry.

  • Animas Orthopedic Associates
  • Animas Surgical Hospital
  • American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • American Association of Hip and Knee Surgeons