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.
Depends. Recovery time can be variable after shoulder arthroscopy. If the surgery is ablative, such as removing some frayed tissue or bone spurs, sling wear is short, and recovery of function can be relatively rapid (2-3 mos). If a repair of some kind is required (cuff repair, labrum repair), sling is usually worn for 6 weeks, and total recovery can be upwards of 6 months or more.

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

Depends. It really depends on what you do for work. Since you mention writing, you can typically return to writing immediately after surgery. Holding a pen and writing without raising the arm in the air is allowed with pretty much any shoulder surgery procedure. Read more...
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...

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...
Depends on your job. Your recovery time will depend on what what kind of work you do and the type of surgery you have. For example, repair of a rotator cuff requires a longer recovery than a simple decompression (or removal of bone spurs). If you have a relatively sedentary office job, you probably can return to work within 1-2 weeks in most cases. If your job requires heavy liftiing, it will take much longer. Read more...

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

Really depends. Many different procedures can be done to the shoulder during an arthroscopic surgery. If bone spurs removed, shoulder debrided, then pain may be minimal and pass within a few days. If cuff repaired or labrum repaired, pain can persist for a couple of months. Make sure you understand exactly what is being done during your scope. Don't compare your results with someone else's. Read more...
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...