preparingfor your procedure

Tests and imaging

Before surgery you’ll need to have some tests and imaging including blood and urine tests.

Your doctor will normally send you to have some imaging to confirm the diagnosis. Imaging can include an X-ray and either an ultrasound or an MRI.

If you have a history of heart disease, your surgeon may ask you to see a cardiologist before your surgery.

If any issues are raised by your tests and imaging, your surgeon may have to postpone or cancel your surgery.

Stopping smoking

Smoking slows wound healing after shoulder surgery. This could be a good opportunity to quit completely.


Your surgeon may ask you to stop taking certain medications (especially blood thinners) before your surgery. If you smoke or drink alcohol, ask your surgeon whether you should abstain from these before your surgery.

Don’t forget to mention any complementary or herbal remedies you’re taking.

Your anaesthetic options

About the anaesthetic and pain relief after your surgery.


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