After Shoulder Surgery Arm Sling with Abduction Pillow for Post Op Recovery


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Shoulder Surgery Sling with an Abduction Pillow

There are many procedures that require the use of shoulder slings after surgery, some of which we will touch on in the section that follows. This particular product makes wearing a sling after shoulder surgery as comfortable of an experience as possible.

The extended pillow design of the sling for shoulder surgery supports the arm in a comfortable manner. And the neck strap of the shoulder abduction sling is padded so it will not rub or otherwise irritate one’s skin. A comfortable fit is very important as after shoulder surgery, one may need to wear the sling for several weeks.

A V-lock strapping system prevents these slings for shoulder surgery from rolling or shifting out of position. Maintaining a proper shoulder surgery sling position is important to proper healing. It is also easy to adjust the length of the straps to fit one’s build.

Stays also help with the positioning of the arm sling after shoulder surgery, and these particular ones are malleable, so they can be customized to the patient. The shoulder immobilizer with an abduction pillow holds the arm in approximately 15 degrees of abduction.

The shoulder abduction pillow is constructed of firm-density foam that is covered in a tricot material. The shoulder abduction arm sling is also composed of tricot. This is a tightly knitted material that is soft and smooth against the skin and will not stretch, as appropriate for an abduction shoulder immobilizer. The weaved material is also quite durable.

The arm sling with a shoulder abduction pillow also comes with an exercise ball that one can squeeze with the hand. Doing so stimulates circulation to an otherwise immobile arm and shoulder, speeding along healing.

The abduction splint shoulder immobilizer can help after surgery to repair a number of shoulder injuries, including rotator cuff repairs, Bankart repairs, shoulder arthroscopy, shoulder separations and shoulder dislocations.

Arm Slings for Shoulder Surgery Recovery

The shoulder is the most flexible joint in the body that allows many types of movement. But this flexibility also makes the joint vulnerable to injury and instability. Following are some of the more common injuries and how this shoulder immobilizer with an abduction pillow can help with treatment.

One of the more common shoulder injuries is a dislocated shoulder. This refers to when the upper arm bone is popped out of its socket, causing severe pain. If the bone does not completely come out of its socket, this is known as a shoulder subluxation.

Usually, a strong force or extreme rotation is needed for this to occur. So this injury might occur in contact sports, as a result of a fall, or in a motor vehicle accident.

Immediate treatment involves getting to a doctor who can maneuver the arm bone back into place, after which one may need to wear a shoulder splint or a shoulder abduction pillow w/a sling that cradles the arm in a neutral position so that healing can occur.

Unfortunately, once one has experienced a full or partial shoulder dislocation it is more prone to instability and additional shoulder dislocations, which may require surgery to repair. Surgery may also be needed if one’s shoulder dislocation coincides with damage to the ligaments, tendons, nerves or blood vessels around the shoulder joint.

A doctor will advise you as to what to wear after shoulder surgery, but this will likely entail several days or weeks using a post-op shoulder abduction sling.

Those who habitually dislocate the shoulder toward the front of one’s body might develop a Bankhart lesion. This refers to the formation of a pocket at the front of one’s shoulder socket that allows the head of the humerus bone to dislocate often.

Surgery can be performed to repair such an injury, but the recovery period is a long one—three to six months. As part of the recovery process, one will likely need to wear a shoulder abduction pillow brace for some time.

How, specifically, should one wear a sling after shoulder surgery? Typically one should wear the sling around the clock for at least two weeks and when in uncontrolled environments (think out in a crowd) for up to six weeks. One likely will need to wear the brace while sleeping for six weeks. Considering this, it is easy to see why the comfort features of the abduction pillow for shoulder immobilization are key.

Another possible complication with a shoulder dislocation is a SLAP tear—a tear to the Superior Labrum from Anterior to Posterior. The labrum is an important ring of cartilage that surrounds the socket of the shoulder joint, deepening and stabilizing it. A SLAP injury refers to a lesion at the top part of the labrum at both the front and back of the point where the bicep tendon attaches.

This might be caused by either trauma or repetitive motion of the shoulder. In addition, the labrum can simply wear down over time.

In many cases, non-surgical treatment involving over-the-counter painkillers and physical therapy is enough to treat a SLAP tear. And when surgery is needed, it can typically be an arthroscopic one that is much less invasive than an open surgery. 

Afterward, one will likely need to wear a shoulder sling with abduction pillow so the labrum can heal for two to four weeks. Physical therapy to restore full function to the arm will also likely be needed.

Another injury whose treatment might require the use of a shoulder abduction brace includes a tear to the rotator cuff. This cuff refers to the group of muscles and tendons that attach one’s upper arm to the shoulder blade. Heavy lifting, a fall or impingement can cause such tears.

Surgery will likely be needed to repair a full tear to this group of tissues. One will likely need to wear an abduction pillow after shoulder surgery. Extensive rehab will be needed to return the shoulder to its pre-injury level of function. Find more braces for rotator cuff tears.

A separated shoulder is another possible soft tissue injury of the shoulder. This refers to injury to the ligaments that hold the collarbone to the shoulder pain. Such injuries are often caused by a blow to the shoulder or a fall onto the joint.

The degree of the shoulder separation will dictate treatment. In most cases, the ligaments are simply overstretched and rice, ice, and painkillers are enough to ease pain and get one back to normal in a few weeks.

But in more severe cases where one’s ligaments are completely ruptured, it may take months to heal and involve surgery to reconnect torn ligaments and reposition and stabilize injured bones. Afterward, one will likely need to wear a shoulder immobilizer, possibly with an abduction pillow.

BraceAbility also offers a number of slings that might help with other injuries to the shoulder, including a fractured collarbone, a fractured humerus head, and shoulder posture correctors. Abduction Sling for Shoulder Surgery Details

An abduction shoulder sling is needed after numerous shoulder surgeries as well as for non-surgical care in some instances. You can end your search for where to buy a post-operative shoulder sling abduction pillow as this abduction pillow for shoulder support immobilizes the shoulder in a comfortable manner and it comes with a relatively affordable price tag. Following is a list of its selling points:

  • Post-operative shoulder sling with an abduction pillow
  • Shoulder abduction immobilizer features an extended pillow design
  • Pillow has a malleable stay for custom positioning
  • V-lock strapping system prevents the shoulder abduction orthosis from rolling or shifting out of position
  • Abduction shoulder brace has a padded neck strap
  • Neutral abduction pillow sling for shoulder injuries holds the arm at around 15 degrees of abduction
  • Includes an exercise ball that helps with rehab when wearing a shoulder abduction sling
  • Squeezing the ball boosts circulation, aiding healing  
  • Post shoulder abduction pillow is constructed of tricot firm density foam covered in tricot material
  • Material is breathable, durable and lightweight
  • Can be used after shoulder dislocations and subluxation, Bankart repairs, rotator cuff repairs, shoulder separations, SLAP lesions and various shoulder arthroscopy procedures
  • 1.5”x16” strap is secure and can be adjusted to a wide range of lengths via easy-to-operate buckles
  • Shoulder sling is available in four sizes, for additional sizing flexibility
  • Black abduction shoulder immobilizer
Sizing chart for shoulder surgery sling. Available in sizes S-XL.
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