What Do I Need to Prepare for Surgery?


Sometimes, we get so caught up in the surgery date, that we don’t think about what comes next. But, as the most prepared people in your life will tell you, being organized and prepared will help those first few weeks home so much easier. Surgery can keep you from doing the things you like, the way you like. Keep reading for some of the best things you can collect, buy, or borrow before you get home from your shoulder surgery.

Pump soap

Using soaps in a pump container will make bathing with one arm that much easier.


If you’re really not feeling great, and the fiber-rich foods aren’t doing the job, consider looking into magnesium, teas, or an over-the-counter laxative to help move things along.

Your favorite foods

Purchase one or two of your favorite foods, such as a pint of ice cream or a small bag of chips. Sometimes it just feels good to have that comfort food around.

Medicine box

Keep your vitamins and pain and prescription medications organized with a medicine box or pill organizer. Setting timers will also help you take the right medication at the right time.

Large waterproof bandages or trash bags and athletic tape.

Keep your incision covered until your doctor tells you it’s safe to let it breathe. Waterproof bandages or something you rig up with trash bags will help keep your incision clean and dry.


You do not want to have to run out for toothpaste while you’re on the mend. Get an extra tube of toothpaste, more deodorant, and all of your necessary toiletries so you can avoid any unnecessary trips out.

Wardrobe updates

A shoulder injury can affect your ability to dress yourself, so having shirts that button or zip will be really helpful as opposed to shirts you need to pull over your head. Also, consider buying a pair of shoes that slip on, since tying your shoes with one hand will not be the fun adventure other people think it could be.

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