In the hours following your rotator cuff surgery, you doctor or nurse will check your shoulder and you may be given a mild pain reliever. Even if your surgery requires a hospital stay, it probably won’t be longer than a day or two. Your physical therapist may continue to work with you, but much of your recovery will depend on you and your commitment to strengthening your shoulder.

Helping it heal

Your shoulder will heal faster if you faithfully follow the treatment and exercise programme recommended by your doctor or physical therapist. At first you’ll probably be using cold packs, a sling or a splint. Your doctor or physical therapist may suggest that you gently move your shoulder to prevent stiffness and swelling. To assist this movement you may also be advised to use a continuous passive motion (CPM) machine.

Visiting your doctor

As your rotator cuff heals your doctor will need to evaluate your progress. During follow-up visits your doctor will check your shoulder’s mobility and function. If necessary changes will be made in your treatment plan to improve your recovery. The number of visits you’ll need will depend on the type of injury and your individual treatment plan.

Call you doctor if…

…your pain or swelling increases or you’re experiencing drainage from the wound, numbness, redness, bleeding or a fever. Your doctor may need to check your shoulder for possible complications.

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