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What is the recovery time for shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Allen Lu answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

It is variable depending on the procedure done. It varies from simple scopes of 6 weeks, to rotator cuff repairs of 4 months. Individuals also respond very differently to surgery. Some recover much quicker without apparent reason. A good part of the recovery process is also a shoulder and shoulder blade exercise program to better support the shoulder after surgery.

Answered Jul 8, 2018

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Dr. Paul Grutter answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

This depends on the procedures performed, but most people are able to return to most of their activities at 8 weeks. People are typically working with physical therapy for 6-8 weeks after surgery. People involved in heavy labor may take 3 months to return to work. Some people will still have gradual improvements 6-12 months after surgery.

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Dr. Robert Coats II answered

Specializes in Orthopedic Surgery

Shoulder arthroscopy is a well tolerated outpatient surgery with a rapid recovery time. Depending on what needs to be done, most people are in therapy by 2 weeks after surgery and very functional by 6 weeks. Complete recovery may take 3-4 months.

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