POST-OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS

Important things you should know after your operation

Shoulder

After Your Shoulder Surgery

  1. Ice the shoulder 5-6 times a day (20-30 minutes at a time) particularly the first 24–48 hours.

  2. Sling is to be used at all times except for showering.

  3. Your dressings are waterproof for showering (however you should not submerge your dressings under water)

  4. Your dressings should remain intact. If not, cover the wounds with Tegaderm dressing for showers to keep dry. You may get the wounds wet after 1 week.

  5. Take pain medication prescribed as needed. Try and wean off as soon as tolerated.

  6. Call my rooms (02) 8014 4252 with any problems or concerns such as:

    • Elevated temperature
    • Continuous drainage from the wound
    • Severe Pain
    • Spreading Redness

A video guide to putting on a sling.

A video guide to removing the sling for showering.

Thank you to Holistic Physio Fitness for the creation of these videos. Please note that these videos are a guide and your sling may not be the same as pictured in the videos.

Elbow

After Your Elbow Surgery

  1. Ice the elbow 5-6 times a day (20-30 minutes at a time) particularly the first 24–48 hours.

  2. Wear sling as advised.

  3. Remove the bandages the day after surgery (ie. remove the crepe bandage and cotton wool).

  4. Your dressings should remain intact. If not, cover the wounds with Tegaderm dressing for showers to keep dry.

  5. Your dressings are waterproof for showering (however you should not submerge your dressings under water).
  6. Take pain medication prescribed as needed. Try and wean off as soon as tolerated.

  7. Call my rooms (02) 8014 4252 with any problems or concerns such as:

    • Elevated temperature
    • Continuous drainage from the wound
    • Severe Pain
    • Spreading Redness

For appointments and enquiries, please phone (02) 8014 4252

Peninsula Orthopaedics
Suite 20, Level 7
Northern Beaches Hospital
105 Frenchs Forest Road
Frenchs Forest NSW 2086

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Suite 502, 20 Bungan Street
Mona Vale NSW 2103

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Suite 1, 402 Military Road
Cremorne NSW 2090

Northside Orthopaedics
Suite 403, Level 4
San Clinic
Sydney Adventist Hospital
185 Fox Valley Road
Wahroonga NSW 2076

Orthopaedic Associates
Level 1, Suite 1
Lakeview Private Hospital
17-19 Solent Circuit
Norwest NSW 2153

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