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When can I go home after surgery?

Patients that are in good health with good strength and have a strong support system at home may be eligible for outpatient shoulder replacement surgery. This means that the patient can expect to return to their home the same day as surgery. Some patients do stay overnight in the hospital. Discuss this option with your surgeon to see if you are a candidate.

Pain Medication 

You will receive a prescription for pain medication for you to have at home after your surgery. 

Medication for Constipation 

Constipation is a side effect of pain medication. Use the medications you typically use to help prevent constipation (fiber, Metamucil, stool softeners such as Colace or Senokot, and Milk of Magnesia). If you have not had a bowel movement after 4 days following your surgery, contact the Bone and Joint Institute.