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Pre-operative Preparation


Your Pre-Operative Training Program

At HSS, we have learned that a patient who understands the entire course of shoulder treatment will be less apprehensive both the procedure and the outcome, and, thus,be able to progress more rapidly and efficiently. Prior to your surgery, we will hold a “Pre-Operative Training Program” with you.

  • The Pre-Op Program introduces you to key elements of your post-operative plan of care, so that you will recognize and absorb the instructions better when they are formally introduced after your surgery.
  • The Pre-Op Program will help shorten your stay in the hospital after surgery.
  • The Pre-Op Program contributes strongly to reaching your functional goals, such as restoring range of motion and shoulder strength.

Your Pre-Operative Training Session will include:

  • A discussion with a member of the rehabilitation team regarding the post-operative course for your individual surgery.
  • The Pre-Op Program will help shorten your stay in the hospital after surgery.
  • Fitting of a sling and instruction how to put it on and take it off. At the time of your surgery, your surgeon will decide on the type of sling you will be required to wear.
  • Demonstration of post-operative icing techniques recommended by your surgeon.
  • A “hands-on” demonstration of your initial post-operative exercise program.

Note: You are to only perform the exercises that are prescribed by your doctor. At times, the exercises may change post-operatively.

Questions regarding any aspect of your pre- and post-operative plan of care are encouraged.