Shoulder surgery is a scary event for almost all patients. They experience swelling, pain, and they cannot move their arm as much as they could before. Your surgeon will give several postoperative instructions after shoulder procedures such as labral repairs and rotator cuff surgery. Instructions and restrictions given by the surgeon depend on the type of shoulder surgery. However, here are some general ideas that patients should consider before undergoing a shoulder surgery.
Inquire from the anesthesiologist about anesthesia before the operation
Most surgeries require patients to get the general anesthesia, which puts them to sleep. However, shoulder surgeries have several anesthesia options, and you should ask the anesthesiologist about the type to be used on you. One of the options is using a regional anesthesia, popularly known as a nerve block, which offers pain control before and after surgery for a variable period. The patient feels completely numb for six to 36 hours after the surgery. Regional anesthesia assists patients to go through the first hours or days after surgery even if they still require pain medications. You need to discuss these options and their side effects with the anesthesiologist on the day of operation.
Take narcotic pain medications
Most people who undergo shoulder surgery understand the pain. Therefore, they need narcotic pain medication for few days or even weeks to relieve the intense pain. You need to stay ahead of the pain during the early hours after surgery to ensure that you control the pain. For good results, it is advisable to take the medication before the last dose of the pain medication wears off or shortly before the anesthesia from the operation room. Patients who use the medications should be aware of vomiting or nausea effects. Patients can also take a dose before they retire to bed …