What are the restrictions after rotator cuff surgery?

You will not have complete use of your affected arm for a few months after surgery. You can use your affected arm for writing, eating, or drinking, but move it only at the elbow or wrist. Do not use it for anything else except prescribed exercises until the sling has been removed.

How long after rotator cuff surgery do you start therapy?

You should start formal physical therapy with a therapist seven to ten days after your surgery. Typically we recommend that you see a therapist twice a week, but sometimes it is less and sometimes it is more depending upon your particular surgery.

What can you do 2 weeks after rotator cuff surgery?

Generally, patients are allowed only passive range of motion (PROM) of the shoulder for the first 2 to 6 weeks after surgery. That means you’ll be allowed to do stretches as instructed by your surgeon or physical therapist, but you won’t be allowed to actively move your arm away from your body, behind your back, etc.

How long does it take to get full range of motion after rotator cuff surgery?

Conclusion: To acquire sufficient ROM in 2 years without high re-tear rate, a target FF of 120° and ER of 20° should be achieved within 3 months after surgery.

Do and don’ts after rotator cuff surgery?

Don’t lift, push or pull. Do not move the shoulder or grip with the hand where the operation was performed. Please don’t remove the sutures until the wound healsDo not travel until you have your doctor’s permission. Don’t rush for recovery to get well.

How long after rotator cuff surgery can you sleep in a bed?

As your pain subsides and your shoulder heals, you can slowly lower yourself deeper into a horizontal position until it’s finally comfortable again. You will most likely need to sleep in a semi-reclined position for at least six weeks after surgery, sometimes longer.

Is walking good after rotator cuff surgery?

When can I exercise after shoulder surgery? You can do things like walk immediately. Usually, you will be in a sling for a period of 2 to 6 weeks depending on the type of surgery. During that time you can remove the sling to extend the elbow several times a day.

How many weeks of physical therapy do you need for rotator cuff surgery?

Rotator cuff surgery recovery usually consists of immobilizing the shoulder in a sling for seven to ten days, physical therapy with passive and assisted motion for six weeks, followed by physical therapy with active motion for six weeks.

How long should you sleep in a recliner after rotator cuff surgery?

You will most likely need to sleep in a semi-reclined position for at least six weeks after surgery, sometimes longer. If you don’t own a recliner, it may be worthwhile to buy one or borrow one from a friend before you have your shoulder surgery.

How bad is the pain after rotator cuff surgery?

This observation is supported by a study showing that in patients who have had rotator cuff surgery, strength in the shoulder muscles is not fully recovered until nine months after the surgery. As a result, it is normal to expect some continued symptoms of pain or soreness after rotator cuff surgery for several months.

How do you go to the bathroom after shoulder surgery?

A detachable showerhead helps keep water away from your shoulder, and pump soap makes bathing easier when you can use only one arm. Place non-slip bath mats in the shower and on the floor outside your bathtub or shower. A shower chair is also great for safety because you may tire easily during your recovery.

What is the recovery time for rotator cuff surgery?

Once the muscles are healed you can get back to your normal routines. Full rotator cuff surgery recovery time after surgery takes about 4 to 6 months and up to a year in some cases. What determines the rotator cuff surgery recovery time are the size of the rotator cuff tear and your body’s ability to heal the tendons.

How do you repair a rotator cuff tear?

Surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff most often involves re-attaching the tendon to the head of humerus (upper arm bone). A partial tear, however, may need only a trimming or smoothing procedure called a debridement. A complete tear is repaired by stitching the tendon back to its original site on the humerus.

What is the CPT code for rotator cuff repair?

The CPT Code 29827 is for Arthroscopic Rotator Cuff Repair, and includes all the elements of 29826. 29827 is an “extension” of 29826.