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What is the surgery and recovery process like for rotator cuff impingement?

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The surgery often is done on an outpatient basis, meaning you shouldn’t have to spend the night in a hospital.

Afterward, your arm will need to be in a sling or splint. While recovery is different for everyone, it may take 3 to 4 months before your arm fully heals. During that time you’ll need to do daily exercises to rebuild your strength.

Because healing can take a while, talk to your doctor about whether surgery is the best option for you.

From: What Is Rotator Cuff Impingement? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

SOURCES:

Cleveland Clinic: “Impingement Syndrome,” “Arthroscopic Shoulder Decompression.”

Hospital for Special Surgery: “How To Avoid Injuries to Your Rotator Cuff: Impingement Syndrome.”

American Family Physician: “Management of Shoulder Impingement Syndrome and Rotator Cuff Tears.”

South Shore Hospital: “Rotator Cuff Impingement/Tendinopathy.”

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre/NHS Trust: “Shoulder Impingement.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on February 15, 2017

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