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What type of recovery for shoulder impingement surgery?

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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

2-3 months: Typical shoulder impingement surgery, without cuff repair, will have rapid recovery and early active rehab. Therapy is usually started within the week of surgery and restoration of full range of motion is expected within 4 weeks. Strength takes 2-3 months to return. If cuff repair also performed, then the recovery is much slower, with active rehab allowed to start usually 4-8 weeks postop.

Answered 3/14/2019

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Dr. Robert Coats II answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

About 3 months: This procedure is typically done arthroscopicaly as an outpatient. Physical therapy is usually needed after surgery and starts about 2 weeks after the procedure. Full recovery is about 3-4 months.

Answered 8/16/2012

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Diagnosis Dependent: Although shoulder impingement is a very common diagnosis, you may be interested to learn that the commonly held belief by many patients and surgeons that a "spur" is cutting into the rotator cuff is not the most current thinking. So make sure you are comfortable you have the correct diagnosis before considering shoulder surgery. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2010.

Answered 4/25/2016

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