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 incisions 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, though you should wait three to four weeks after surgery before submerging the surgical site in a bathtub or swimming pool.
- When will I have a follow-up appointment?
You'll see your doctor one to two weeks after surgery for an exam and suture removal.
- When can I drive after shoulder stabilization surgery?
You'll be in a sling and unable to drive for the first six weeks. 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 to work.
- When can I return to recreational activities?
Most patients are able to resume playing sports and pursuing other physical activities about six months after shoulder stabilization surgery.