Resources & Support Orthopedics

Shoulder Instability
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Frequently Asked Questions

  • When can I drive after surgery for shoulder instability?

    You'll be in a sling and unable to drive for six weeks. After that, you can resume driving so long as you have appropriate control to do so safely.

  • When can I return to my usual recreational activities?

    Six to nine months after surgery, patients are generally able to start swimming, playing golf and tennis, and resuming other favorite physical activities.

  • 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. But don't submerge the surgical site in a bathtub or swimming pool until three to four weeks have passed since your surgery.

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