- This operation is indicted for patients who have no rotator cuff as well as arthritis. Conventional rotator cuff strengthening exercises will not work.
- The shoulder function is dependent on the action of anterior deltoid and this is the key to rehabilitation.
- The Subscapularis Muscle may have been detached (if present) and re-attached as part of the operation. This is why the range of motion in external rotation may be limited for a time.
- With this limit it is still important to start to move the shoulder as soon as possible as pain allows.
- Many of the muscles will not have been used for some time due to pain and stiffness. Rehabilitation may therefore be slow.
- Please check the operation note for full details of the procedure performed.
- Vacuum drain removed from wound.
- There will be a dissolving stitch in the wound with paper stitches and a dressing over the top.This may be changed.
- You may shower with the dressings on but do not immerse the wound in water for 2 weeks. The paper stitches will peel off easily. No stitches need to be removed.
- Start gentle exercises to prevent elbow and wrist from becoming stiff.
Day 2 (approx):
- Xrays to confirm implant position
- Start exercises for the shoulder
- No Active Internal Rotation
- External Rotation to the limit set in the Operation Note only