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What type of recovery for shoulder impingement surgery?

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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Diagnosis Dependent

Although shoulder impingement is a very common diagnosis, you may be interested to learn that the commonly held belief by many patients and surgeons that a "spur" is cutting into the rotator cuff is not the most current thinking.
So make sure you are comfortable you have the correct diagnosis before considering shoulder surgery. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2010.

In brief: Diagnosis Dependent

Although shoulder impingement is a very common diagnosis, you may be interested to learn that the commonly held belief by many patients and surgeons that a "spur" is cutting into the rotator cuff is not the most current thinking.
So make sure you are comfortable you have the correct diagnosis before considering shoulder surgery. Learn more here: http://www.Theshouldercenter.Com/shoulderpain/2010.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: About 3 months

This procedure is typically done arthroscopicaly as an outpatient.
Physical therapy is usually needed after surgery and starts about 2 weeks after the procedure. Full recovery is about 3-4 months.

In brief: About 3 months

This procedure is typically done arthroscopicaly as an outpatient.
Physical therapy is usually needed after surgery and starts about 2 weeks after the procedure. Full recovery is about 3-4 months.
Dr. Robert Coats II
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: 2-3 months

Typical shoulder impingement surgery, without cuff repair, will have rapid recovery and early active rehab.
Therapy is usually started within the week of surgery and restoration of full range of motion is expected within 4 weeks. Strength takes 2-3 months to return. If cuff repair also performed, then the recovery is much slower, with active rehab allowed to start usually 4-8 weeks postop.

In brief: 2-3 months

Typical shoulder impingement surgery, without cuff repair, will have rapid recovery and early active rehab.
Therapy is usually started within the week of surgery and restoration of full range of motion is expected within 4 weeks. Strength takes 2-3 months to return. If cuff repair also performed, then the recovery is much slower, with active rehab allowed to start usually 4-8 weeks postop.
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
Dr. Andrew DeGruccio
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