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How long is the average recovery period after having shoulder surgery?

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Dr. Paul Grutter
Orthopedic Surgery
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Tandy Freeman
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Depends

Recovery times after shoulder surgery can be from a few weeks to 6 months or more depending on the nature of the problem being treated and the type of surgery performed.
Your surgeon can best tell you what to expect with regards to the post-operative course.

In brief: Depends

Recovery times after shoulder surgery can be from a few weeks to 6 months or more depending on the nature of the problem being treated and the type of surgery performed.
Your surgeon can best tell you what to expect with regards to the post-operative course.
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Dr. Vishal Shah
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Varies

This varies widely for different surgical procedures.
Minor procedures may only take 3-6 weeks whereas major procedures may involve 3-6 months or even longer for complete recovery. Talk to your surgeon about the specific procedure you are having and what their expectations are for you.

In brief: Varies

This varies widely for different surgical procedures.
Minor procedures may only take 3-6 weeks whereas major procedures may involve 3-6 months or even longer for complete recovery. Talk to your surgeon about the specific procedure you are having and what their expectations are for you.
Dr. Vishal Shah
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