How Soon Will I Heal Following Arthroscopic Shoulder Surgery?
Dear Dr. Millett,
I live outside of Colorado and am about to undergo arthroscopic shoulder surgery to repair a torn AC joint. What is the shoulder surgery recovery process?
Recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery will depend on the injury, how severe the injury was and exactly what type of surgery is being used to correct the shoulder injury. The incisions will usually be so small with an arthroscopic approach that sutures may or may not be needed. If sutures or staples for that matter are used, recovery of the incision site will take a bit longer to heal. Regarding range of motion, pain and functionality, your orthopedic surgeon should prescribe you a strict rehab program with exersizes and strength training moves. The faster you move into therapy, coupled with rest and the appropriate measures, your range of motion and mobility will continue to improve. A sling will most likely be worn immediately following surgery and will probably be worn a few days. Ice and medication will help control swelling. Take it easy and don’t rush the healing process. Good luck.