Rotator Cuff Tear
Resources & Support
At UCSF Health, we are renowned for our highly specialized and cutting-edge medical care. Along with innovative medicine, we strive to provide a variety of services to ensure that patients and families are fully supported while in our care. UCSF has a team of experienced social workers and condition-specific support groups as well as classes to help patients and families navigate their experiences while in our clinics and hospitals.
Our support services also include unique programs to help heal the mind and spirit, such as Art for Recovery, Healing Through Dance and complimentary spa treatments during infusion therapy. During an unfamiliar and stressful time, UCSF's support services are ready to lend a hand whenever patients and families need it most.
Frequently Asked Questions
- When can I shower after surgery?
You'll need to keep the incisions clean and dry until your first post-op visit, one to two weeks after surgery. At that time, you'll likely be cleared to shower, but don't submerge the surgical site in a bathtub or swimming pool until three to four weeks have passed since your surgery.
- When can I drive after rotator cuff surgery?
You'll be in a sling and unable to drive for six weeks. You can resume driving once you're out of the sling and have appropriate control to do so safely.
- When can I return to recreational activities?
People are generally able to resume most sports and other physical activities about six months after rotator cuff surgery.
- When can I return to work?
Most people can return to school or desk work two weeks after surgery. If you have a physically demanding job, you'll need more time for a full recovery and medical clearance before returning.