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How soon can I return to work after shoulder/elbow surgery?

Each patient has a different recovery time. You will be able to return to work as soon as you have recovered sufficiently, and you are able to carry out your activity without putting yourself at risk.

During your follow-up appointment, your doctor will assess your recovery and he or she will be able to tell you when it’s safe to turn back to work.

The type of activity your job implies is essential in determining the length of your recovery. Typically, you can get back to work within two weeks if your job is sedentary. If you have a physical job, you will need at least 3 months to fully recover and be able to resume your activity after you have undergone shoulder or elbow surgery.

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Source: https://www.cedars-sinai.edu/Education/Medical-Library/