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What is the elbow reconstruction surgery recovery time?

For most patients, the recovery period is around 6 weeks.

After the recovery period, it is often recommended that the patients begin physical therapy. The chance of a full recovery is above 90 percent.

Important things to know about elbow reconstruction post-surgery recovery

  • A bandage will cover your stitches and your arm probably will be in a splint or a cast, for about one or two weeks.
  • You will not be able to use your arm while your elbow will be immobilized in a splint or a cast.
  • You will need physical therapy with exercises to stretch and strengthen your elbow.
  • Physical therapy exercises may be painful at first. Typically, the pain goes away in a few months. You should continue strength exercises for about one year.
  • In about 2 to 6 weeks you will be able to return to daily activities without help.
  • Depending on your job, you can go back to work, in 3 to 12 weeks.

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