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About Shoulder Surgery

You and your surgeon will together decide whether shoulder surgery is right for you, what kind, and when. You are likely to have a lot of questions about your shoulder surgery, how you can get ready, and what you can expect after your shoulder surgery. While it is impossible to describe the details of every kind of surgical procedure, many shoulder surgeries share certain similarities. For example, you will require an anesthetic so that you will not feel any pain during the surgery.

  • Clearance: Based on your health and medical condition, we may schedule you to see a medical doctor who is a specialist in surgical medicine for a medical clearance prior to your shoulder surgery. Based on your unique circumstances, special tests may be required before we can proceed safely with your surgical procedure. Rest assured that we are only concerned about giving you the best possible outcome.
  • Medications: You may be instructed to stop certain medications (such as strong blood thinners like Plavix or Coumadin) several days to a week before your shoulder surgery. In addition, you may be instructed to take some of your medications the morning of surgery even though you won’t be allowed to eat that morning. It is important for you to bring a list (or a bag of pill bottles) including all your medications to your medical clearance. This includes vitamins, over-the-counter medications, and supplements (a number of medications and supplements may interact with medications you might receive after surgery).

The day before your scheduled procedure, we will call you with additional instructions and reminders. You will be told when and where to come the next morning, and you will be reminded not to eat or drink anything after midnight. This does not apply to the medications that you have been instructed to take the morning of surgery with a small sip of water. Be sure to follow these recommendations strictly, as your shoulder surgery might otherwise have to be re-scheduled.

After your shoulder surgery, you will probably go home the same day; but some medical conditions and procedures may require an overnight stay in the hospital. Make sure to plan for your surgery accordingly taking your work, family and other obligations into account.

You are very likely to need to wear a bandage, brace or sling for some time, and you will likely need to have some amount of physical therapy after your surgery for the best result possible. Be sure to follow instructions and attend all appointments for the best results from your shoulder surgery.

Here are some links to specific medical problems and surgical solutions for your education. We’d suggest not developing a pre-set notion about what your diagnosis is, nor what surgery would be most appropriate, until you have met with our team. Our advanced diagnostic techniques and specialized procedures might be different from what may have been recommended to you elsewhere.

We’d suggest first calling our office via the Contact link above to schedule an appointment, after which the following information will prove more useful. You can alternatively have medical records sent to be reviewed for a second opinion. Click here to learn about failed surgery repair.

Patients fly in from around the country and abroad to our office conveniently located in Phoenix, Arizona. Phoenix is a great place to visit and spend a couple of days in recovery with your family. Phoenix offers a variety of world-class attractions, performing arts, sports, outdoor recreation, shopping, dining, and nightlife nestled in the heart of downtown.

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