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How long is recovery from rotator cuff surgery?

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It usually takes between four and six months to fully recover from rotator cuff surgery. The first couple weeks after the surgery, the arm has to remain immobilized; after this, physical therapy begins and becomes more intense over the weeks to follow. A person's overall health, whether they smoke, and if their blood sugar is controlled (if they have diabetes) can all make a large difference on how well he or she will heal from the surgery and how quickly he or she will be able to have full use of their arm again.

Usually after the first week it starts getting better, but it depends on you following doctor's advice. I had this procedure 2 years ago, for the first week it was VERY VERY rough but the next week it was better by the third week, it was back to business as usual. the first week is important, no activity at all.

I had rotator cuff surgery and was in a sling and immobilized for 1 week. Then, went to physical therapy and was told to do a few exercises letting my arm drop down to my side and just let it move in small circles...moving it with the momentum of your body. The Dr. also told me to leave it out of my sling at home..but never to try to raise it above my shoulder height, or to try and reach my hand where I could not see it. When going out in public, to wear my sling. Every week I attend physical therapy. I am at week 4 and being able to do most normal movements..except any lifting. I had arthroscopic surgery, and I am told it is very different from the way it used to be done, which I am sure it makes a difference with your recovery.

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