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How long should I wait to go back to work after a shoulder reconstruction?
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Dr. John Ayres
Orthopedic Surgery
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In brief: It depends
"shoulder reconstruction" can mean repair of a fracture, surgery for instability, or shoulder replacement.
Work may involve desk duty and shuffling papers or digging ditches and carrying cinder blocks. If you have had a minor procedure and have a light duty postion, you should be able to return to work within 2-4 weeks. If you have had major surgery and have a heavy duty job it can take months.

In brief: It depends
"shoulder reconstruction" can mean repair of a fracture, surgery for instability, or shoulder replacement.
Work may involve desk duty and shuffling papers or digging ditches and carrying cinder blocks. If you have had a minor procedure and have a light duty postion, you should be able to return to work within 2-4 weeks. If you have had major surgery and have a heavy duty job it can take months.
Dr. John Ayres
Dr. John Ayres
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Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Depends
Most patients that perform sedentary work and don't need to use the operative arm could go back to work within a week or two but a lot depends on the type of work you do and also the specific surgical procedure.

In brief: Depends
Most patients that perform sedentary work and don't need to use the operative arm could go back to work within a week or two but a lot depends on the type of work you do and also the specific surgical procedure.
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
Dr. Vivek Agrawal
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Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Orthopedic Surgery
In brief: Ask your surgeon
Your surgeon is the best person to answer this.
He / she knows what they did and what precautions are needed for you.

In brief: Ask your surgeon
Your surgeon is the best person to answer this.
He / she knows what they did and what precautions are needed for you.
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
Dr. Frederick Buechel, jr. md
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