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Shoulder FAQ


I'm going to have shoulder surgery next week. The operation is supposed to repair a torn labrum and tighten up the joint capsule with a special heat treatment. When can I expect to get back to regular work and sports activities?


Six to eight weeks is the standard length of time it takes the average soft tissue to heal fully. Range of motion and strength gradually return from that point on up to 12 weeks after surgery.

Returning to full-time work may take a bit longer depending on the type of work you do. Most patients return to full employment around the end of three months. Joining in sports activities is usually next around four or five months. By six months you should notice you've made a full recovery.

Shiyi Chen, MD, PhD, et al. The Effects of Thermal Capsular Shrinkage on the Outcomes of Arthroscopic Stabilization for Primary Anterior Shoulder Instability. In The American Journal of Sports Medicine. May 2005. Vol. 33. No. 5. Pp. 705-711.

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