A 42-year-old member asked:
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how long is the average recovery period after having shoulder surgery?

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Dr. Vishal Shah
18 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Varies: This varies widely for different surgical procedures. Minor procedures may only take 3-6 weeks whereas major procedures may involve 3-6 months or even longer for complete recovery. Talk to your surgeon about the specific procedure you are having and what their expectations are for you.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
Dr. Paul Grutter
21 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
6-12 weeks: The time it takes to recover varies considerably depending on the person and the actual procedures done during the surgery. Arthroscopic surgery can be a simple bone spur removal or an extensive repair of a massive rotator cuff tear. In generally people are pretty sore for 2-3 weeks requiring narcotic pain meds. Most are in a sling for 6 weeks and require physical therapy 2x/week for 4-6 weeks.
Answered on Dec 16, 2014
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Depends: Recovery times after shoulder surgery can be from a few weeks to 6 months or more depending on the nature of the problem being treated and the type of surgery performed. Your surgeon can best tell you what to expect with regards to the post-operative course.
Answered on Sep 2, 2015
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