The length of time it takes for pain to completely subside after shoulder replacement surgery varies, but tenderness is likely to last from two to four weeks, according to MedlinePlus. Daily tasks, including shopping, cleaning and driving, may require assistance for up to six weeks.
Following shoulder replacement surgery, the patient may remain hospitalized for one to three days, states WebMD. Physical rehabilitation begins almost immediately, often while the patient is still hospitalized, to help expedite the recovery process. Rehabilitation exercises continue for four to six weeks.
Doctors advise patients not to shower until the first post-surgery appointment and to avoid soaking the incision for a minimum of three weeks, notes MedlinePlus. The staples or sutures are removed within one to two weeks at a follow-up appointment.