Patients recovering from upper arm surgery need roughly six weeks before they are able to resume their normal level of physical activity. During this period, their recovery should entail a gradual climb from having round-the-clock assistance to being able to easily carry out everyday tasks, according to Smart Beauty Guide.
The initial 24 hours of recovery, in which the patient suffers from some weakness, should be spent with a responsible adult who can assist with eating and drinking, taking medication, and going to the bathroom, advises Wayzata Plastic Surgery.
Staying home from work is advisable for one to two weeks. Additionally, patients should refrain from driving for at least 10 days and avoid exercise that puts direct stress on the arms for up to four weeks, according to Smart Beauty Guide.