Dr. Milne Post-Operative Instructions - Shoulder Arthroscopy

  1. You will be given a prescription for pain medication. Vicodin/Lortab is to be taken. Every 6 hours as needed for pain control.
  2. A soft bandage has been placed on your shoulder. This will absorb residual fluid that leaks from your shoulder. DO NOT REMOVE THE STERI-STRIPS. Keep bandage
    clean and dry the first 72 hours
  3. You may SHOWER 72 HOURS AFTER surgery, then pat the dressing dry.
  4. Use the CRYOCUFF (ICE WATER PAD) on a full-time basis for 48-72 hours after surgery. After that time period, use the cryocuff for 15-20 minutes after each exercise session.
  5. You will be given a sling to use for
    A. 2 weeks
    B. 1-2 days 
    after Arthroscopy ONLY surgery; unless otherwise instructed by a physician during an office visit.
  6. If at any time during your recovery period you experience any of the following, please notify Dr. Milne’s office immediately:
    Temperature > 100 degrees
    Redness or unrelieved pain at surgical site
    Wound drainage that is yellow or green or excessive in amounts.
  7. Notify the office at 817-335-4316 to schedule a follow-up appointment to see Dr. Milne in 2 weeks.
  8. For Prescription refills, please call office between 8:30-4:30, Monday through Friday.

    These instructions will be reviewed with you and your caregiver on the day of the procedure, and you will receive a hard copy for your records.