This protocol is intended to be a general outline only. The physician reserves the right to either advance or delay this protocol as deemed necessary. If so, this should be done by direct communication with the therapist, or in writing on the therapy referral form given to the patient on the day of surgery.
Home Guidelines

  • Ice pack should be used upon arriving home from surgery. Use ice for 15 minutes, 3-4 times a day.
  • Bulky dressings can be removed the day after surgery, and band-aids placed over steri-strips. Steri-strips should be left in place until they fall off.
  • Begin basic exercises the day after surgery: pendulum, shoulder shrugs, elbow curls, grip strengthening.
  • Sling should be worn at all times while awake for the first 2 days. After that, continue w