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The Bristol Knee Clinic

The Bristol Orthopaedic Clinic

• The Glen Spire Hospital, Bristol
• St Mary's Hospital, Bristol
• St Joseph's Hospital, Newport
• The Lister Hospital, London

Appointment Bookings:

• Tel: 0117 970 6655


The "Glen" Spire Hospital
Redland Hill
Bristol BS6 6UT

Tel: 0117 980 4080

Bristol Nuffield Hospital at St Mary's
Upper Byron Place
Bristol BS8 1JU

Tel: 0117 970 6655

St Joseph's Hospital
Harding Avenue
Newport NP20 6ZE

Tel: 01633 820300

The Lister Hospital
The Lister Hospital
Chelsea Bridge Rd.

Tel: 01179 706655

Arthroscopy Of The Shoulder - Post Operation & Recovery

Postoperative Management

Postoperative care includes pain relief. In the recovery room a local anesthetic or interscalene block can be used. Pain is also helped by the application of ice and the use of analgesics (Paracetamol etc) or anti-inflammatory drugs (Diclofenac, etc.)

Physiotherapy exercises and limited use of the hand is encouraged and supervised as early as possible after surgery. This ensures a rapid return of limb function and helps avoid shoulder stiffness. Circumduction exercises are initiated on the day of surgery. The patient is instructed on performing passive and active range-of-motion exercises, as tolerated, to gain shoulder flexibility. More active exercises can be started one to six days after surgery. A follow up visit to the physiotherapist a few days after discharge can help. For athletes, weight training is performed as tolerated once permitted by the surgeon and physiotherapist.

Operative Results

The experience with arthroscopic subacromial decompression in Bristol since 1992 has been encouraging. "Satisfaction" with the results can be expected by the majority of patients in 84 - 91% of patients. Patients can usually expect to discard their sling in 1-2 weeks, return to driving and strengthening exercises at 4-6 weeks and to normal daily activities and gentle sports at 8-12 weeks following surgery.

Follow-up Appointments

The first follow up appointment is usually arranged for 2-3 weeks after surgery. Physiotherapy should be started soon after surgery, usually 3-5 days later and continued 2-3 times a week for 2-6 weeks depending on the individual patient's progress.


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