it is important to maintain shoulder
precautions during self-care activities to avoid dislocation.
the surgery, you may put on your clothing under the shoulder immobilizer
unless your surgeon specifies that you must have the immobilizer
on at all time.
use regular clothing: pullovers or front opening shirts.
- You may continue to use
bra. This will not affect the surgery site.
- If you are unable to reach
down to put on shoes, socks or pants, your occupational therapist
may be able to recommend adaptive equipment to assist you such as
a reacher, sock aid, long-handle shoe horn, and elastic shoe laces.
sleeve on your affected arm first, using your good arm.
to pull your sleeve up as far as possible on surgical arm.
put the unaffected arm into its sleeve.
clothing as needed.
have a difficult time reaching your bottom to clean yourself after
using the toilet, you should use a toileting aid.
with your occupational therapist for equipment recomendations.
shower after 72 hours after surgery. You should not, however, soak
the shoulder immobilizer per instructions.
the incision site with plastic wrap taped into place to prevent
incision and dressing from getting wet prior to the first follow-up
visit with your surgeon. If your dressing becomes wet, remove it
and replace it with a clean, dry dressing.
your staples/sutures have been removed (usually at the first follow-up
appointment), you may shower without covering the incision. You
should not, however, soak in a bath tub, hot tub, pool, etc., for
the first month.
the unaffected arm for lathering.
surgical arm at your side.
need help, we recommend that you have a caregiver or family member