How long will I be off work? , When can I drive again? This obviously depends on many factors including you, the type of operation, your job and your car!. As a rough guide most people get back to driving withn a week or two following Arthroscopic decompression. Heavy manual workers may be off work for 2-3 months after decompression surgery. After rotator cuff and stabilisation surgery you will be in a sling for 4-6 weeks and may not get back to driving for another month or so after this. After rotator cuff surgery it is unlikely you will return to manual work for 3 months or so.
Who will be my anaesthetist? Your anaesthetist will be a consultant experienced in shoulder surgery and local anaesthetic blocks. If you wish to contact your anaethetist pre-operatively this can be arranged via Mr. Harper's secretary.
Do I get seen after my operation? You will be seen by Mr. Harper shortly after your operation and before discharge (the following morning if you stay over night). All patients will be given a two week follow up appointment by phone by Mr. Harper's secretary. There are options to be seen at Havant, Chandler's Ford or Whiteley if it is more convenient.
Will I wear a sling ? After most minor arthroscopic procedures, including decompression you will not require a sling. After stabilisation surgery you will likely be in a sling for 6 weeks. After rotator cuff surgery you may be in a sling for anywhere beteen 2 and 6 weeks depending on type of surgery. After joint replacement you may require a sling for 4 weeks.
How do I get an "Off work" Certificate? These can be prescribed for inpatients by the Resident Doctor on call at BUPA Havant, or by M. Harper in Outpatients.
Do I take pain killers after my operation? You will be given the correct type of pain killers before your discharge, and told how to take them. You may need a further prescription that can be arranged via your GP or by the Hospital at the time of your follow up appointment.