Post Operative Information

Shoulder Arthroscopy and Capsular Release

  • After surgery you will waken with your arm in a sling. This should be worn as little as possible and should be discarded entirely by 2 weeks
  • You will see the physiotherapist prior to your discharge. They will show you how to release your arm from the sling and do specific exercises with the arm.
  • You will be prescribed painkillers to go home with. These should be taken regularly as required.
  • It is important to keep the arm moving and painkillers should be taken to facilitate this
  • You will have a follow-up appointment at 2 weeks
  • The stitches will be trimmed prior to seeing Mr Griffiths
  • An outpatient physiotherapy review will be arranged usually 2-3 weeks after the operation
  • You should expect significant recovery by 6 weeks but will continue to recover for 3-6 months


Return to Functional Activities 


Driving                         Once ROM and muscular power                                                        restored & you feels safe

Swimming                     As pain allows

Golf                                 6 weeks

Racquet Sports            2-3 months

Lifting                           As able

Work                               Sedentary - As able

                                         Manual - 6 weeks, may need to modify                                               activity for 3 months