What activities can I engage in after an elbow reconstruction surgery?
Generally, after having elbow reconstruction surgery, you should avoid any activity that involves a lot of movement.
For the first days after having this procedure, your arm should remain in the sling, unless you are otherwise instructed. You should refrain from any kind of activity that involves movement and may return to sedentary work or school only after 3 or 4 days and only if the pain is tolerable.
Most people are able to go for walks and use the arm for the gentle activities of daily living as early as 2 to 6 weeks after the surgery. These activities are strongly encouraged soon after having the surgery.
Driving, self-care, activities of daily living, shopping, will require some assistance until you can comfortably and confidently perform the necessary functions, which may take 6 or more weeks.
Generally, after their elbow surgeries, people can return home if they can be provided with assistance by family members, or if personal care can be arranged through private agencies. When home support is not available, a safe environment for recovery could be available at a convalescent facility.