Southern Oregon Orthopedics

Same Day Shoulder Surgery

Same Day Shoulder Surgery is a procedure that does not require an overnight hospital stay. The procedure is for all arthroscopy surgeries and for shoulder replacements in patients under the age of 70.  Your doctor may consider same day shoulder surgery if you have severe pain which limits daily activities and is not relieved with medications, injections, physical therapy, or other treatments. The goal of the surgery is to relieve pain and restore the alignment and function of your joint.

Traditionally, shoulder surgery has been an inpatient surgical procedure. With the introduction of minimally invasive techniques, modern pain protocols, improved anesthetic techniques, and rapid rehabilitation protocols surgeons are able to perform shoulder surgery on an outpatient basis. With same day shoulder surgery the patient is allowed to go home in the first 24 hours after the surgery. This allows patients to recover at home instead of overnight in a hospital. When a patient goes home the day of surgery Dr. Denard calls the patient that evening to check on them. In addition, an on-call physician is available 24 hours a day. Physical therapy begins at home the day after surgery with home exercises specific for each patient and outlined in an individualized rehabilitation plan.

Not everyone requires or qualifies for same day shoulder surgery. However, for selected patients, same day shoulder surgery is a reality and preferable. To be considered for same day shoulder surgery, a person should be in good health, have a high level of motivation during the rehabilitation process and good family support.

The benefits of same day shoulder surgery over inpatient shoulder surgery include the following:

  • Decreased hospital stay
  • Improved pain management protocols
  • Early mobilization
  • Rapid recovery
  • Careful home monitoring
  • Fewer complications
  • Improved outcomes
  • Increased patient satisfaction