After rotator cuff surgery, patients will experience pain in and surrounding the operated area. They will be prescribed pain relief medication to address discomfort and will be provided further instructions for proper post-operatory care.
During this period, patients will likely require assistance with daily activities. It's recommended to refrain from sleeping on the operated area for 6 weeks and avoid lifting any objects for up to 12 weeks.
Periodic checkups will ensure that the healing process is unaffected, and patients can generally expect steady progress to pre-injury activities after 6 months.
The long-term outlook is generally favorable; however, factors such as age, smoking, and more significant injuries may affect recovery requiring additional time to heal.