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What is the typical recovery from shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery 32 years experience
Usually fairly quick: Basic diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy, whereby your surgeon looks inside your shoulder, allows for a rapid rehabilitation and recovery. Debridement or removal of injured tissue alone allows for a rapid recovery. Repair or reconstruction of injured tissues of the shoulder (labrum, rotator cuuf) invokes more healing requirements and a slower recovery to allow repaire/ reattached tissues to heal.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery 31 years experience
3-6 months: Shoulder arthroscopy is a nonspecific description and i rarely perform shoulder arthroscopy without performing several repairs. Repaired tissue takes at least 12 weeks to reach a reasonable level of healing to allow safe strengthening. Depending on the activity desired it can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year to get back the level of strength, endurance, and coordination.
Dr. Robert Meislin
sports medicine 36 years experience
Shoulder arthroscopy: If the labrum requires repair then the patient is typically in the sling for about 3 weeks to allow for healing and pt can then commence. For rotator cuff repair a sling is used for about 6 weeks and then therapy is instituted for the next 5-6 months.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine 18 years experience
3 months: It depends on the exact procedure performed. If something is repaired like the rotator cuff or the labrum you have to wait for this tissue to heal. This lengthens the recovery. If all that is performed is a decompression , there are no real restrictions after surgery so recovery is faster.

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What is the recovery time for shoulder arthroscopy?

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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.

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