Patients recovering from labral tear surgery can expect to be on crutches for at least two weeks. A rehabilitation program may be required, and returning to high-impact sports usually takes eight to 12 weeks, according to UW Health.
Patients can usually return to sedentary work a week after surgery, though walking requires crutches for an estimated two to six weeks, states UConn Health. Physiotherapy rehabilitation is recommended, with patients beginning light exercise on stationary bikes and elliptical machines soon after surgery. Conservative care is recommended, and a patient should speak with his doctor or licensed physiotherapist to define a recovery and rehabilitation plan.