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A 43-year-old member asked:

what is the recovery time for shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Allen Lu
Dr. Allen Luanswered
Orthopedic Surgery 24 years experience
Variable: 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.
Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery 22 years experience
6-8 weeks: 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.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery 23 years experience
6-12 weeks: 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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When I wake up in the night I have pains between my shoulder blades and inside my chest. Is it something to worry about?

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Maybe: Your symptoms may be from acid reflux from your stomach to your esophagus when you lay down. Try taking some Tums (calcium carbonate) (antacids). If the pain does not go away, i would call your doctor to make sure that it is not something more serious.
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What exactly is brachial plexus neuropathy?

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A 46-year-old member asked:

I dislocated my shoulder. Which exercises can I do to stop the pain?

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Dr. Howard Luks
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Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Depends: The pain from your first dislocation should start to abate fairly rapidly. Usually within a 1-2 weeks people are feeling much better. If this is a chronic condition... Multiple recurrent dislocations, then the joint is "upset" because it remains loose. Most strengthening exercises and stretching exercises can be performed, as long as the shoulder does not feel like it wants to pop out again.
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Will I have a full, normal, range of motion after a dislocated shoulder surgery?

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Generally yes: Generally it would be expected that you have return of full motion after shoulder dislocation surgery, but specifics will depend on the type of dislocation, chronicity of the dislocation, and type of surgery performed. Consult with your orthopedist for your specific situation.
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Can rotatory cuff injury lead to dislocation in shoulder?

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Yes / No: In massive rotator cuff tears the shoulder can sublux superiorly and caus significant arthritis but acute dislocation of the shoulder is not seen.

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