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How Long is Recovery Time for Rotator Cuff Surgery

Posted on Sat, Apr 20, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

How Long is Recovery Time for Rotator Cuff Surgery 

Rotator cuff surgery is not necessary for all rotator tears. When a patient meets a doctor because he has sustained a shoulder injury, the doctor will run some tests to determine if the patient has a torn rotator cuff. Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), X-rays, and other tests will be carried out and once a diagnosis is made, the doctor will recommend several treatment options. To determine if one needs surgery or not, a few things need to be considered, such as the following:

Reaction to Other Treatments

A majority of rotator cuff tears can be treated with non-surgical treatments such as physicalHow Long is Recovery Time for Rotator Cuff Surgery therapy, anti-inflammatory medications, and probably, a cortisone injection as well. If the above alternatives fail to provide some sort of relief for the patient after a few months of treatment, then the doctor may ask the patient to consider rotator cuff surgery.

Degree of Rotator Cuff Symptoms

Patients with nominal symptoms may have the option to delay surgery treatment in an attempt to attain success with non-surgical treatment choices. Alternatively, patients who have trouble carrying out simple activities or experience constant pain and/or pain while sleeping may be expected to undergo surgery.

Patient Needs and Expectations

Several patients might not require rotator cuff surgery if symptoms do not prohibit their normal activities. For instance, patients who have a tear in their rotator cuff in their non-dominant shoulder, and live an inactive lifestyle might not require surgery. Conversely, athletes who sustain an injury in their shoulder should undergo surgery in order to compete in their choice of sports.

How Long Does Recovery Take?

Recovery time is different for each patient and it depends on the type of tear incurred by the patient. In general, patients are discharged from the hospital a few hours after surgery or at the very latest, the next day. In order to recover fully, patients are advised to attend regular physical therapy sessions. With rehabilitation, it can take several weeks (two to three weeks) to a few months (six to eight months, perhaps more) for patients to recover from rotator cuff surgery.   


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