Most shoulder operations involve an overnight stay in hospital. This is because shoulder operations can be painful for the first night after surgery. If you are in hospital, the nurses can administer strong pain relief if it’s needed, often it isn’t.
Almost all patients having an arthroscopic shoulder procedure are discharged the next day; usually about 11 am after seeing Dr Cutbush and the Physiotherapist. Patients having shoulder replacement surgery will often spend two nights in hospital following a shoulder replacement.
There are a few things that need to be done the morning following surgery, before you discharge from hospital.
The nurses will change your dressings from the large suction dressing that we put on in theatre to collect any arthroscopic fluid (saline) that we use in your surgery that might come otherwise out from under the dressings.
One of the physiotherapists from Extend Therapy (dedicated shoulder physio group) will see you. The physiotherapist will stand you up and fit your sling with you standing to get the fit just right for you. They will take you through the exercise programme that we recommend for you after your particular surgery for the next 6 weeks and give you a handout with these exercises detailed. If you need a reminder of how to do each exercise we have videos of the most common physio exercises that we recommend on the physiotherapy and the rehabilitation pages. The physiotherapist will also explain how to get dressed and how to shower safely following your surgery.
The pharmacy will dispense and bring up your postop medications that your anaesthetist has prescribed for postop pain relief and your nurse will go through these medications to ensure you understand them.
I will see you on the ward, usually, between 6:30 to 8:30am.
Some patients will require an XRay or scan postop and we will usually get this performed by Brisbane Private Imaging before you discharge.
The nurses on the ward will make sure all of this happens in time for you to discharge from hospital by about 11am. If you need to discharge earlier please alert the nurses on the ward as soon as you can so that they can help get you ready for discharge earlier.