Preparing for surgery (Pre-operative information)

Pre-operative information for patients having arthroscopic (key hole) shoulder and elbow surgery

Pre-operative information for patients having open shoulder and elbow surgery 


 Preparing for surgery
  • Make sure you have arrangements with work or college about when you will return to work or education.
  • Find out about local public transport.
  • Practice doing things with the un-operated arm.
  • Take old t-shirts and cut then up the operation side under the arm or buy some inexpensive large t-shirts. They will be easier to slip over your head and sling.
  • Shopping, consider on-line delivery service or make arrangements for family or friends to shop for you.
  • Prepare meals in advance. Cut up food required, as you will find it more difficult to chop or cut food after surgery.