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When can I return to work after a shoulder reconstruction?

Returning to work is heavily dependent on a patient's general health and the physical demands of a job.

Most people usually return to work within six to eight weeks after a shoulder reconstruction procedure.

It will take time for you to get back to your normal activities. Driving and other activities that don't put your shoulder under strain may be resumed after six weeks when you regain your full movement range and your surgeon says it’s OK. For a sedentary job, you can expect the recovery time to be two to three weeks. For a more physically demanding job, you may need up to three months to fully recover.

Your doctor will let you know if you can return to work depending on your situation and how much physical activity is involved in your work. Physical therapy may also start at this point. It is important to keep your follow-up visits with your surgeon and perform your therapy exercises as advised.

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