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How long does recovery from surgery for a rotator cuff problem take?

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Recovery from arthroscopic surgery is typically quicker than open tendon repair. Since open tendon repair is more involved, you may also have more pain right afterwards.

No matter which surgery you have, a full recovery will take time. You should expect to be in a sling for about 6 weeks. This protects your shoulder and gives your rotator cuff time to heal. Driving a car will be off limits for at least a month.

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options,” “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Injury.”

UW Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery and Exercise,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rotator Cuff Repair.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons/OrthoInfo: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgical Treatment Options,” “Rotator Cuff Tears: Frequently Asked Questions.”

Mayo Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Injury.”

UW Medicine Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: “Arthroscopic shoulder surgery for the treatment of rotator cuff tears.”

Cleveland Clinic: “Rotator Cuff Tears: Surgery and Exercise,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Rotator Cuff Repair.”

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on February 28, 2017

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