Recovery time after a rotator cuff surgery can be several months, according to WebMD. Recovery time depends on physical therapy and the extent of the original injury.
Physical therapy is an important part of recovering from rotator cuff surgery. Physical therapy can begin as soon as the patient wakes up from surgery. As early as the day after surgery, passive movements are done with the help of medical staff. According to WebMD, active exercise and lifting light weights begin about six to eight weeks after surgery as the healing process progresses. Rotator cuff surgery is performed when there is a tear due to an injury that did not heal with conservative measures.