A post-operative dressing will be applied on your operated shoulder. You may also have a thin tube inserted at the surgical site attached to a drain to prevent accumulation of blood around the muscle and bone of the shoulder. The tube and drain are removed the day after surgery, and the dressing is removed the first or second post-surgical day.
Members of the nursing staff and rehabilitation team will position you in bed and help regain your mobility. Because anesthesia may temporarily inhibit your balance, you must always ask for help when getting out of bed.
In collaboration with you and your support system, the hospital staff, and shoulder team will plan, provide, and monitor your care.
In collaboration with you and your support system, the hospital staff, including a physician, physician assistant, nurse, physical therapist, and social worker will plan, provide, and monitor your care.
It is extremely important to perform deep breathing exercises after surgery to rid your airway and lung passages of mucus. Normally, you take deep breaths almost every hour, usually without being aware of it, whenever you sigh or yawn. When you are in pain or are drowsy from anesthesia or pain medication, your breathing may be shallow. To ensure that you take deep breathes daily, the nursing staff will provide you with a device called an incentive spirometer, along with instructions on its use.