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What is the typical recovery from shoulder arthroscopy?

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Dr. Charles Toman
Sports Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: 3 months

It depends on the exact procedure performed.
If something is repaired like the rotator cuff or the labrum you have to wait for this tissue to heal. This lengthens the recovery. If all that is performed is a decompression , there are no real restrictions after surgery so recovery is faster.

In brief: 3 months

It depends on the exact procedure performed.
If something is repaired like the rotator cuff or the labrum you have to wait for this tissue to heal. This lengthens the recovery. If all that is performed is a decompression , there are no real restrictions after surgery so recovery is faster.
Dr. Charles Toman
Dr. Charles Toman
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Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Orthopedic Surgery
2 doctors agree

In brief: Usually fairly quick

Basic diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy, whereby your surgeon looks inside your shoulder, allows for a rapid rehabilitation and recovery.
Debridement or removal of injured tissue alone allows for a rapid recovery. Repair or reconstruction of injured tissues of the shoulder (labrum, rotator cuuf) invokes more healing requirements and a slower recovery to allow repaire/ reattached tissues to heal.

In brief: Usually fairly quick

Basic diagnostic shoulder arthroscopy, whereby your surgeon looks inside your shoulder, allows for a rapid rehabilitation and recovery.
Debridement or removal of injured tissue alone allows for a rapid recovery. Repair or reconstruction of injured tissues of the shoulder (labrum, rotator cuuf) invokes more healing requirements and a slower recovery to allow repaire/ reattached tissues to heal.
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
Dr. Thomas Deberardino
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Dr. Robert Meislin
Sports Medicine

In brief: Shoulder arthroscopy

If the labrum requires repair then the patient is typically in the sling for about 3 weeks to allow for healing and pt can then commence.
For rotator cuff repair a sling is used for about 6 weeks and then therapy is instituted for the next 5-6 months.

In brief: Shoulder arthroscopy

If the labrum requires repair then the patient is typically in the sling for about 3 weeks to allow for healing and pt can then commence.
For rotator cuff repair a sling is used for about 6 weeks and then therapy is instituted for the next 5-6 months.
Dr. Robert Meislin
Dr. Robert Meislin
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery

In brief: 3-6 months

Shoulder arthroscopy is a nonspecific description and i rarely perform shoulder arthroscopy without performing several repairs.
Repaired tissue takes at least 12 weeks to reach a reasonable level of healing to allow safe strengthening. Depending on the activity desired it can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year to get back the level of strength, endurance, and coordination.

In brief: 3-6 months

Shoulder arthroscopy is a nonspecific description and i rarely perform shoulder arthroscopy without performing several repairs.
Repaired tissue takes at least 12 weeks to reach a reasonable level of healing to allow safe strengthening. Depending on the activity desired it can take anywhere from a few months to more than a year to get back the level of strength, endurance, and coordination.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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