Recovery from Rotator cuff surgery can be a long, painful and stressful procedure. There is a very good reason why your surgeon restricts your activities for a long time after surgery. Once the surgery to repair a rotator cuff is completed, you need to ensure that you allow the rotator cuff to heal. A successful recovery after a rotator cuff repair often means paying close attention to the important instructions given to you. Becoming too active, too soon can lead to a recurring tear or injury. A full recovery from rotator cuff surgery can take 4-6 months to one year. Rotator cuff tears are a very common source of shoulder pain. Operation to repair the Rotator cuff becomes an option if shoulder pain does not respond to any non-surgical treatments. Operation is often the first treatment discussed for large tears due to a severe damage. Surgery on the shoulder to repair a rotator cuff tear usually gives pain and stiffness. Recovery from rotator cuff surgery is little slow. This is due to the time it takes for the repaired rotator cuff tendon to heal back to the bone. You are in a sling and told not to use your arm. A sling is required for up to 4-6 weeks to allow that healing procedure to begin. Not using the arm allows the repaired rotator cuff time to actually rebuild the bone. The stitches placed are not strong enough to let you use the arm for normal activities until healing takes place.
After the Procedure: Follow discharge and self-care instructions you are given.