Recovery & Support
At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.
Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF's support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I shower after surgery?
You'll need to keep the incision clean and dry until your first post-op visit, one to two weeks after surgery. At that time, you'll likely be cleared to shower, but don't submerge the surgical site in a bath or swimming pool until three to four weeks have passed since your surgery.
- When can I drive after biceps surgery?
You'll be in a sling and unable to drive for four to six weeks. You may resume driving when the sling is off and you feel you have appropriate control to do it safely.
- When can I return to work?
Most patients are ready to return to school or desk work five to seven days after surgery. If you're able to work from home, your initial recovery period may be easier. If you have a physically demanding job that requires overhead lifting or strenuous arm work, you'll need more time before you can safely resume working.
- When can I return to my usual activities?
Patients are generally able to resume most activities between four and six months after biceps surgery.