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Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery

Frequently Asked Questions

What is arthroscopic surgery of the shoulder?

Dr. Dauphiné may choose to repair damage in your shoulder, such as a torn rotator cuff, using arthroscopic surgery. Using small incisions, Dr. Dauphiné will insert a tiny telescope into your shoulder. This camera is connected to a video monitor in the operating room, allowing Dr. Dauphiné to see inside your shoulder. Other specialized instruments are inserted through the small incisions and are used to repair your shoulder without having to use a large incision. Sometimes it’s best to operate through a larger incision. Dr. Dauphiné will decide which procedure is best for your individual problem. The operation may be recorded on a DVD or CD and photographs are often taken of the procedure.

Will I have to stay in the hospital after my surgery?

Most arthroscopic surgery is performed out-patient. That means you will go home on the same day as the procedure after a short recovery period. Sometimes it is best to stay overnight in the hospital after major surgery. If you must stay overnight, Dr. Dauphiné and his staff will arrange this for you.

Will I be able to drive and take care of myself after arthroscopic surgery?

You will not be able to drive on the same day of your surgery. It’s very important to have someone who can drive and look after you for the first day or so following surgery. Dr. Dauphine can help you determine when it’s safe for you to drive. Never drive while using narcotic pain medicines.

When will I be able to return to work?

When you return to your normal work depends on what kind of work you do. If your job isn’t physically strenuous, you may return to work when it is comfortable for you to do so; perhaps you may return to work within one or two weeks. If your job is physically taxing, you may require several months of rehabilitation before you are able to return to your normal work. In either case, it is very important for you to follow Dr. Dauphiné’s instructions. In some cases, Dr. Dauphiné may release you for modified work, with some restrictions until you are completely healed and strong.

When will I be able to shower after surgery?

You may shower immediately after surgery as long as you can keep your incision dry. Dr. Dauphiné will let you know when it is alright to get your incision area wet.