Shoulder surgery is usually the last option for treatment of any injury incurred. There are different types of shoulder surgery and your doctor will recommend one depending on the problem with your shoulder. If the doctor finds additional damage during the procedure, he may need to change the procedure. There are two types of shoulder surgery; open procedure using two to six inches incisions or arthroscopic procedure using pen-sized camera inserted into the shoulder.
A variety of shoulder conditions can make one a candidate for surgery such as bursitis, arthritis among others. A complete medical exam is performed before the surgery to evaluate overall health, problem and medical history. Before your surgery, you will need to avoid food, drink or smoking after midnight on the day before the surgery, plan for your postoperative care, empty and cleanse your colon and intestines.
The surgery cost will be determined by different things such as the procedure, your age, gender, your insurance cover and the location of the facility. The cost will also include the medication you will take, anesthesia, hospital stay and more. The procedure can be performed by many different surgeons and in different locations. There are more than 30,000 surgeons in the U.S. performing surgery, finding one in your area and to suit your needs will not be difficult.
Recovery time varies with different people and procedures. Most people are able to return to their home on the day after the surgery. However, the anesthesia and pain may make it hard to drive. Surgery recovery includes care of the incision, ice and medication, sling and follow up. A sling helps to hold the shoulder in place and to restrict movement. Incisions takes roughly about two or three days to seal and start healing. However the surgeon’s advice should be taken when it comes to removing the dressing. The healing process will take a couple of weeks to months to heal completely.
Pain cannot be avoided but can be managed. Apart from wearing the sling, one can use medications help to sooth pain quickly. Pain can also be eased by applying ice, which also serves to reduce swelling. Ice can be applied 2-3 days after the surgery for about 20 minutes on and off. Apply the ice over a moist cloth not directly on the skin. Doing stretching exercises to relax muscles and avoiding straining the arm can help prevent and minimize pain and inflammation and aid in recovery.