Recovery from arthroscopic shoulder surgery can take from four to six months, depending on the specifics of the repair needed and the procedure performed, notes MedlinePlus. It may also be necessary to wear a sling and shoulder immobilizer for four to six weeks following arthroscopic shoulder surgery.
Any patient recovering from arthroscopic shoulder surgery should carefully follow any discharge instructions given by doctors, advises MedlinePlus. Physical therapy may be necessary for patients to regain full range of motion and muscle strength. The amount of therapy necessary may vary depending on the type of surgery performed and the individual needs of the patient.