How long will I be in a sling after surgery?
You will be in a sling for 8 weeks after surgery. The first 4 weeks will be a shoulder immobilizer. The second 4 weeks you will be in a sling allowing some range of motion of the shoulder.
How much physical therapy will be required after surgery?
You will be cleared to lift the shoulder to shoulder level 1 month after surgery. You will typically be cleared for motion as tolerated and a gentle progressive strengthening program 2 months after surgery. Most patients will require approximately 2 months of formal physical therapy following a shoulder replacement.
When can I drive after surgery?
You will be cleared to drive once you discontinue your sling at the 8 week mark after surgery.
When can I return to work after surgery?
This will be completely determined by the type of work that you do. If your job is office work, consisting of sedentary work, then you could possibly be cleared to return to work as soon as 1 week postoperatively. If your job consists of heavy manual labor, especially climbing or overhead lifting, then it would likely be 3-4 months before you are ready to return to work. This would also be dictated by the speed at which you recover.