Shoulder Surgery: The Essential Shopping List for Comfortable Recovery

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Having your arm in a sling can make it hard to get dressed, sleep at night, or even just be comfortable throughout the day. Any of these conditions can limit how you get through the day!

✔️ Broken Arm

✔️ Fractured Bone

✔️ Subluxation

✔️ Post Surgery Recovery

✔️ Rotator Cuff Injury

✔️ Shoulder Dislocation

✔️ Arm Immobilization

Having shoulder surgery or a shoulder injury means being without the use of an arm for several weeks. Preparing ahead of time can make life easier. After having rotator cuff surgery, I discovered the products that make my one-armed life easier. I have put together a list for you of items you might consider. To save you time and effort, I researched the best products on selected Amazon Choice or Top Sellers where I could.

Here are some recommended products that will make your life easier.

 

Foaming Shower Soap is easy to rinse quickly.

Long Handled Shower Brush to wash hard to reach areas.

This shirt for ladies has been my favorite comfortable, functional and attractive top.

I kept this table beside stocked with meds, snacks, water, pen, and paper. It slid easily under my bed so I could get some work or reading done using the tilting table.

I used this cane to work out tight areas in my back and shoulders.

I happened to have had this travel pillow before surgery and am so glad I did. It contorts into different shapes defending on where I needed it.

My physical therapist uses these ice packs. It is flexible and you can conform it around your shoulder. Put it inside a pillow case before use. Choose the large or smaller size.

This one is larger so use this if you are over 170 pounds.

This is smaller. Select this if you are less than 170 pounds.

Keep these snacks handy to eat when you take your medication. They do not need refrigeration so they are perfect for keeping on your bedside table for middle of the night meds.

Use Aquaphor to prevent scarring. The first line of defense is to keep the wound clean, moist, and covered in the early days and weeks of healing. Keep the wound hydrated with Aquaphor, as this promotes faster healing. Apply three times daily for 1 to 3 weeks to maintain wound bed moisture. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21247665

The sling I was sent home with from the hospital was crummy. This one is so much better. the first one has a waist belt, the second does not. The third an abduction pad. Ask your doctor which one is best for you and the surgery you had.

My doctor wanted me to take a combo of Oxycodone, Acetaminophen and Ibuprofen  after my rotator cuff surgery. This a great price for Ibuprofen and acetaminophen.

ladies! It is difficult to shave your legs with only one arm but easy to do with an epilator. I have been using one for years and love mine.

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