Resources & 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 bathtub or swimming pool until three to four weeks have passed since your surgery.
- When can I drive after clavicle surgery?
You'll be using a sling and unable to drive for six weeks, but you can resume driving after that, so long as you have appropriate control to do so safely.
- When can I return to school or 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 will be easier. If you have a physically demanding job that requires overhead lifting or strenuous arm work, you'll need more time for a safe recovery and medical clearance before returning.
- When can I return to recreational activities?
People are able to return to most sports and other physical activities anywhere from three to six months after clavicle surgery, depending on the severity of the initial injury. Your doctor will advise you on this.
- Do the plate and screws need to be removed?
The plate and screws are designed to be left in place, and that's fine for most people. But about 15 percent of patients find the plate bothersome. If that's the case for you, these devices can be removed after your clavicle is completely healed.