What is Open Surgery?
In most cases, minimally invasive, or arthroscopic surgery is preferred. However, cases where a lot of shoulder damage has occurred, may require an open surgery. Open surgery is performed through one larger incision instead of a few small incisions. The following injuries may require open surgery:
What is the Recovery Time After Arthroscopic Surgery?
Recovery and rehabilitation may be faster in minimally invasive arthroscopic procedures. However, bones and tendons will take the same time to heal, whether they are repaired with an open procedure or arthroscopically. During this time, it is critical to follow Dr. Mazzara’s instructions for post-operative care. Healing time can vary and it is important not to reinjure the healing shoulder. Here is what to expect during the recovery phase of arthroscopic surgery:
- Swelling, bruising, pain and discomfort are normal in the week following an arthroscopic procedure. Icepacks are very important for the first 48 hours, although many patients find pain relief and continue to use them for several days.
- If you had a nerve block during arthroscopic surgery, the anesthetic may keep your arm and shoulder numb for several hours. Pain medication will be prescribed once the patient leaves the hospital. Usage instructions will be given and the patient should monitor dosages.
- Mazzara will suggest taking time off work for a few days.
- Rehabilitation and physical therapy is a key to arthroscopic surgery success. Dr. Mazzara will discuss findings from the surgery with his patient and depending on the extent of damage repaired, will make recommendations about the timing of exercises and returning to normal activities.
For more resources on arthroscopic shoulder surgery, or to determine if you are a candidate for shoulder arthroscopy, please contact the office of Dr. James Mazzara, shoulder surgeon treating patients living in the Manchester, South Windsor, Enfield, Glastonbury and surrounding Hartford communities.