A client undergoes total shoulder replacement on the left shoulder. Which statements by the client indicates he requires further teaching?

Select all that apply.
  1. “I look forward to soaking in my hot tub when I get home from surgery.”
  2. “The surgery will eliminate my pain within 24 hours.”
  3. “I will receive therapy for several weeks after my surgery.”
  4. “Walking is an exercise I’ll be able to do after surgery.”
Numbers 1 and 2 are correct.
Rationale: After surgery, the client should avoid getting in a pool or tub as infection may occur. Long-term pain will be reduced, hopefully eliminated. Short-term pain will require pain medication to be administered as ordered. The client should be encouraged to take pain medication as frequently as needed. Physical therapy begins soon after surgery and may continue for several weeks, until full recovery occurs. Walking is considered a low-impact activity and would be encouraged after surgery.