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Post-Surgery Shirt

Added Dec 25, 2013

by jmelsha

Winter Garden, F...




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This is a simple alteration to a t-shirt for someone recovering from shoulder surgery. The basic idea is to split the shoulder seam and insert velcro, snaps or buttons so the wearer can dress themselves without having to stress the shoulder. I’ve done these for both my husband and daughter, who both used them after rotator cuff surgery. It makes dressing much easier and less painful.

Material Notes

T-shirt that fits the patient loosely (I recommend one size larger than normal)
1 to 1.5 inch wide twill tape
Velcro, buttons, or snaps (patient’s choice)
Thread, scissors




Garment Type

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    Nov 19, 2016, 04.15 PMby Carol Foggo-Klos

    Thanks for this! The last step in preparing for my shoulder surgery was what to do about dressing, and this fits the bill perfectly. I’m not normally a t-shirt wearer, so will probably go to Wal-Mart or Goodwill to buy some inexpensive shirts to get buy until I can return to dressing as I usually do for work. The instructions look easy, I don’t sew often but am sure I can get these done.

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