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How long should it take me to get back to work after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How long should it take me to get back to work after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

6-8 weeks: This depends greatly on the procedures performed during the surgery as well as your occupation. Most arthroscopic shoulder surgeries take 6-12 weeks to recover from, but people with desk jobs often can return to work in 2-3 weeks in a sling with activity restrictions. People who work in manual labor jobs with heavy lifting may not be able to return to full duty for 3 months. ...Read more

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Shoulder Surgery (Definition)

Arthroscopic or open procedures to the glenohumeral joint, acromiolclavicular joint, rotator cuff, glenoid labrum, proximal ...Read more


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How long will it take me to get back to work after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How long will it take me to get back to work after having arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Relatively quickly: Arthroscopic surgery typically allows a patient faster recovery and thus quicker return to work. However, recovery also depends on the findings of the surgery, any procedures performed during arthroscopy, and complications. Your type of work will also dictate if you can return to full duty (baseball pitcher will take longer than a secretary). ...Read more

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How long will it take me to get back to work after arthroscopic shoulder surgery on my writing side?

How long will it take me to get back to work after arthroscopic shoulder surgery on my writing side?

2-8 weeks: Return to work after shoulder surgery depends on what needed to be fixed at surgery and a persons job. Most people can return to a desk job with activity limitations in 2-3 weeks. They will be in a sling for 6 weeks. People with heavy lifting, manual labor jobs will not be able to return to full duty for 8-12 weeks or longer. ...Read more

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How long does shoulder surgery take?

How long does shoulder surgery take?

Can't say...: Too much depends on exactly what procedure is performed - and if you are referring to surgical time or recovery time. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery a couple days ago, when will i be ready to work out again?

I had shoulder surgery a couple days ago, when will i be ready to work out again?

Cannot say: This is not a question that can be easily answered. The specifics of a patient's aftercare is dictated by the specifics of your case. The person who is most familiar with your case is your orthopedic surgeon. Therefore, your orthopedic surgeon's answer to this question is the most valid. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery last may an had shots in my neck.But i've had a knot in my trap for sooo long an i've done massage, pt, chiro. Y won't it go away?

I had shoulder surgery last may an had shots in my neck.But i've had a knot in my trap for sooo long an i've done massage, pt, chiro. Y won't it go away?

Trapezius strain?: I am unclear as to why you had injections in your neck. Are you referring to an epidural injection for a cervical spine condition? The painful muscle spasm in the trapezius can be due to referred pain from the neck or myofascial pain or related to shoulder surgery.. If pain is deemed muscular you may benefit from a trigger point injection. Best to f/u with your doctor for further recommendation. ...Read more

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How long does the pain last for after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How long does the pain last for after arthroscopic shoulder 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. ...Read more

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How long does the pain persist receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

How long does the pain persist receiving arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Depends: Some surgeries can be painful for a while. Others are much less painful. Rotator cuff surgeries tend to cause more pain than instability repairs. If you are concerned, speak to your surgeon about specific strategies to cope with, and effectively treat, your postoperative pain. Combining blocks with short and long acting narcotic pain, as well as use of cold therapy are all utilized. Good luck! ...Read more

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Normally, how long would the pain last after arthroscopic shoulder surgery?

Varies: May last a week or a few weeks. Strongly depends on type of surgery. Generally speaking rotator cuff repair is more painful than other routine shoulder surgeries. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from arthroscopic shoulder surgery in general?

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 4-8 weeks. ...Read more

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How long after shoulder surgery (for dislocation) should I wait until I can start going to the gym?

How long after shoulder surgery (for dislocation) should I wait until I can start going to the gym?

Ask your doctor: Post surgical rehabilitation and return to activity is usually strictly controlled by the surgeon and the time to return to full activity is dictated by the severity of the injury, the surgery performed, and your healing response afterwards. Your doctor should make it clear when you can return to full activity. ...Read more

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I had shoulder surgery done a little over a month ago, this was to scrape bone spurs and clean out the bursa. How long until i fully recover?

I had shoulder surgery done a little over a month ago, this was to scrape bone spurs and clean out the bursa. How long until i fully recover?

6-8 weeks: Structurally, there is only mild weakening of the deltoid insertion where the bone is removed. Rotator cuff, if not repaired should be ready to rehab right away. I encourage my patients to start range of motion exercises as soon as the pain subsides (couple of days). I let them do whatever they are comfortable with after a couple of weeks. It generally takes 6-8 weeks for all the tenderness to end. ...Read more

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I'm having post shoulder surgery issues! please help me!?

Need More Info: Please discuss this with your surgeon. If it has been some time and you still are concerned consider a second opinion. Without more information about what specific issues you are having it is difficult to provide more help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have problems after my shoulder surgery..?

What to do if I have problems after my shoulder surgery..?

Consult your surgeon: The first person you should turn to if you have problems after your shoulder surgery should be your surgeon. ...Read more

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What is the general recovery time from a shoulder surgery?

What is the general recovery time from a shoulder surgery?

This needs 2 B-: -narrowed down. What shoulder surgery. Can B anywhere from fracture 2 rotator cuff from biceps tenodesis 2 shoulder replacement if U tell us the procedure we can give U an answer, but it won't B etched in stone as each surgeon has their own protocol, but it will B close . We usually answer according 2 our own experience ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: shoulder surgery?

What is the definition or description of: shoulder surgery?

Shoulder surgery: Arthroscopic or open procedures to the glenohumeral joint, acromiolclavicular joint, rotator cuff, glenoid labrum, proximal biceps, or capsular tissues. ...Read more

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When does someone absolutely need to have shoulder surgery?

An infection: If you develop a shoulder infection you need to have it drained and the best way if surgical arthroscopy. If you have recurrent shoulder dislocations or a symptomatic rotator cuff tear and you are under sixty you should highly consider having surgery. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could exercise after shoulder surgery?

Can you tell me how I could exercise after shoulder surgery?

Depends: The exercise program depends on what surgery you had. I should be designed by a therapist to a prescription from your surgeon. ...Read more

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How difficult is it to get a waiver for the army because of a shoulder surgery.?

How difficult is it to get a waiver for the army because of a shoulder surgery.?

Shoulder surgery: All you need is a current exam that fines you in good health and stable recovered shoulder ...Read more

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