What happens after rotator cuff surgery? Rehab for weeks?

Surgeon preference. This is an question best asked of your surgeon. Every surgeon has different protocols and different philosophies about motion after rotator cuff repairs. The rotator cuff pulls against the repair even when you sit in a sling/immobilizer completely braced. So it will never be completely protected. Some surgeons want physical therapy right away to keep motion. Others will wait 6-12 weeks.

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How many months of rehab do I have to do after rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator Cuff Surgery. All of your questions are fully answered or should have been in the discharge instructions from your surgeon. There should be dates for the physical therapy and what to do if problems arise. The best answers to your specific questions would be best answered by the one that knows how your surgery went and what they did in actuality. Read more...
My patients. Have 4 weeks of homehealth and then 8 weeks of outpatient. Followed by a home therapy program. Read more...

What is the usual response to rehabilitation after rotator cuff surgery?

Very favorable. Most patients do quite well after a rotator cuff repair. Different doctors have different rehab protocols. I for one get patients moving early to help prevent stiffness, but i restrict active motion (can't actively bring your arm over your head) for six weeks while the cuff heals. At the six week point, i advance to ad lib rom and generally at three months patients are good to go and very happy! Read more...
Gradual. Increases in overall range of motion at the direction of your therapist. Usually all passive assisted movements. Most surgeons still are reluctant to do much active range of motion before 6 weeks. Early pain is in incisions and then by week 2 starts to ache in the shoulder capsule as you advance your rehab. Stick with it... Read more...
Rotator cuff. Active-assisted and passive range of motion exercises are typically started at home at two weeks post-operatively. Six weeks is when formal physical therapy starts with strengthening gradually and continued range of motion exercises. It is painful, but important to stay with it. You're pretty young for a rotator cuff tear. Are you the patient? Read more...

I have been preparing for my rotator cuff surgery. How long is the rehabilitation for this operation?

12-16 weeks. It depend what involve in this procedure, but the rehab time it about 3 month. Read more...
6-9 months. Depending on your surgeon. Each one has a different post-operative rehab protocol. Check with your surgeon for a more specific recovery time frame. Read more...

Please help! What is the rehab like for a mini open incision torn rotator cuff surgery?

Mini open RCR. The rehab is usually stepwise with the initial therapy involving passive motion of the arm for about 6 weeks while the cuff heals, then active motion for another 4-6 weeks, then a strength program. Read more...