Using a Sling

LIVING WITH A SHOULDER SLING

 

Washing

Prepare a bowl of water, soap and flannel. If possible get someone else to remove your clothing.

Your helper should then lift your arm slightly away from your side. Let them take the weight of your arm to avoid using your muscles. They may also need to wash your unaffected arm and any areas that you cannot reach with your un-operated arm. If you are having a shower, replace your wedge with towels, protected by plastic bags tied around them.

Be careful at all times not to jar your shoulder and avoid all sudden movements. Do not rush.

Keep the wounds dry.
Getting Dressed

  • It is easier to wear front opening clothes.
  • Sit on a chair allowing your operated arm to fall forwards, then put it in the garment first, and bring the garment around your back.
  • Do not assist with the operated arm.
  • Any buttons must be done up with the un-operated arm.
  • Once dressed put the sling back on.
  • Combing your hair etc must only be done with the un-operated side.

Eating and Drinking

Use your un-operated arm. You may need someone to cut your food into small pieces.

Lift kettles/saucepans etc with your un-operated arm only – do not “assist” with your operated arm.

General Advice
Prepare your home before surgery. You will not be able to reach very far and unable to lift or move anything heavier than you can carry in one hand.

Think of your daily routine. Put anything you are going to need within easy reach.

It may be easier, for a while, to have some plates, mugs etc out on the work surface to be easily accessible

It may be wise to have some ready meals in the freezer.

For comfort, you may find gentle should friction useful. Sit down – allow your arm to fall forwards and very gently tug on your arm. You should feel no sharp pains at all.

UltraSling II


Ideal Application

Both versions of the UltraSling II provide immobilization for rotator cuff repairs, capusular shifts, Bankhart repairs, glenohumeral dislocations/subluxation and soft tissue repairs/strains and after some fractures.

Features and Benefits

  • Breathable extra padded fabric for greater comfort, particularly in longer term use
  • Encourages effective healing by allowing the shoulder and arm to remain in a neutral position
  • Helps prevent post-operative internal rotation contractures that can occur in a sling
  • Promotes axiliary air exchange to reduce risk of secondary infections
  • Exercise ball stimulates circulation
  • Easy open front panel encourages forearm exercises
  • Allows arm to be positioned in a variety of positions dependent on post-operative requirements (either more °°posterior or anterior)

Ultra Sling II AB


Ideal Application

This provides support in the ideal position after some (more complex) rotator cuff repairs.

Features and Benefits

  • Breathable extra padded fabric for greater comfort, particularly in longer term use
  • Encourages effective healing by allowing the shoulder and arm to remain in a neutral position
  • Helps prevent post-operative internal rotation contractures that can occur in a sling
  • Promotes axiliary air exchange to reduce risk of secondary infections
  • Exercise ball stimulates circulation
  • Easy open front panel encourages forearm exercises
  • Allows arm to be positioned in a variety of positions dependent on post-operative requirements (either more °°posterior or anterior)

This provides support in the ideal position after some anterior stabilizations, capsular shift and Bankart Repair proceedures.

 

UltraSling ER

Ideal Application

For use after initial anterior shoulder dislocation or post operatively when external rotation is desired The anterior part of the capsule hangs loosely during internal rotation and the labrum is able to displace medially. In external rotation, the subscapularis tendon tightens thus closing the anterior joint cavity and helping the labrum maintain a good position on the glenoid rim.

Features and Benefits

  • 15° and 30° versions to suit your protocol
  • Comfortable foam pillow for patient compliance
  • Derotational shoulder strap to keep product in place
  • Quick release buckles make it easy to take on and off
  • Popular UltraSling materials and adjustable straps for patient comfort
  • Three sizes in left and right versions to suit your patients needs

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