Pre Operative Information
Arthroscopic Anterior Shoulder Stabilisation
- You have been diagnosed with instability of your shoulder
- This is due to a tear to the cartilage lip (labrum) at the front of the socket of shoulder. This is commonly associated with damage to the back of the ball of the shoulder joint
- You have agreed with Mr Griffiths that the next sensible step is a keyhole operation to treat this condition.
- This is called an Arthroscopic Stabilisation
- This operation is usually performed as a Daycase with no need for an overnight stay.
- It is normally performed under general anaesthetic (with you asleep) and the anaesthetist may also block the nerves of the arm.
- The operation is performed though several small incisions around the shoulder and involves re-attaching the torn labrum back onto the bone of the shoulder socket
- The procedure takes approximately 60 mins.
- Wounds are usually closed with dissolvable stitches
- After the operation:
- 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.
- It is important to keep the arm moving within the prescribed safe range. 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
- You should expect significant recovery by 6 weeks but will continue to recover for 6 months
Return to Functional Activities:
Driving 4-6 weeks
Swimming Breaststroke - 6 weeks
Freestyle - 3 months
Golf 3 months
Contact Sport 4-6 months
Lifting Light - 3 weeks
Heavy - 3 months
Work Sedentary - As able
Manual - 3 month