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How long does it take to recover after a shoulder replacement?

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Dr. Robert Coats II
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: About 3-6 months

Total shoulder arthroplasty (tsa) replaces the shoulder ball and socket with metal and plastic.
To expose the joint for replacement, one of the rotator cuff tendons (subscapularus) has to be detached from the humerus. It takes about 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to bone and motion is restricted during this healing time. Afterwards, therapy is needed to restore motion and strenght.

In brief: About 3-6 months

Total shoulder arthroplasty (tsa) replaces the shoulder ball and socket with metal and plastic.
To expose the joint for replacement, one of the rotator cuff tendons (subscapularus) has to be detached from the humerus. It takes about 6 weeks for the tendon to heal to bone and motion is restricted during this healing time. Afterwards, therapy is needed to restore motion and strenght.
Dr. Robert Coats II
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Dr. Brian Badman
The average recovery is about 4-6 months with improvements seen for about 12 months post surgery. The results typically begin to plateau about month 9.
Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine

In brief: 3-6 mo

Most people are very pleased by 3 mo.

In brief: 3-6 mo

Most people are very pleased by 3 mo.
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