Monday, April 8, 2013

Durham Elder Care: Recovering from Orthopedic Shoulder Surgery

By:  Todd Palmer

Durham Elder Care - Orthopedic shoulder surgery is a relatively common operation for seniors. The shoulders do a great deal of work on a daily basis and, over time, it is natural for them to experience wear and tear. Just because these procedures are done frequently, though, does not mean that they are not major operations. As such, it is important for you to assist your elderly loved one in recovering from their surgery. Here are some tips to help you understand the different kinds of surgery that may take place and to guide your senior through the healing process.  
Orthopedic surgical procedures are performed in two different ways: arthroscopy and open surgery. Arthroscopy entails the insertion of a camera into an incision near the shoulder joint. The recovery time associated with this type of surgery is minimal compared to that of open surgery, as open surgery requires medical professionals to create a larger incision in order to clearly see and fix the joint.

Gene from Durham, North Carolina, is an elder care professional who encourages you to keep the following tips in mind:[1]

  1. It is important that seniors do not stress the shoulder joint after undergoing orthopedic surgery; however, it is crucial that they engage in the exercises recommended by their doctors or physical therapists to assist the joint in healing and regaining mobility.
  2. Abrupt movements can put a great deal of strain on the shoulder and should be avoided.
  3. Seniors should have access to assistance when walking, climbing stairs, etc. so that they do not have to lean against objects or put undue pressure on their shoulder.
  4. Lifting heavy items or pulling items off of high shelves should be avoided until the shoulder is healed.
The target recovery date for each individual is different, depending upon their overall health, the severity of their injury, and the complications incurred during their orthopedic procedure; however, most seniors heal completely within six to seven months after their operation is performed. If your elderly loved one is scheduled to undergo orthopedic shoulder surgery it is essential that you provide the care they need either yourself or by hiring a home care professional.


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