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William N Levine, MD, Orthopedic Surgery, answeredIt takes rotator cuff repairs eight to 12 weeks to "heal" (the torn tendon has to reconnect to the bone). So the first three months are focused entirely on healing (first six weeks no motion often in larger tears; and then the next six weeks on slowly regaining motion). Then, the next three months are focused on strength and functional recovery. So by six months most patients are doing very well but we tell all patients who have rotator cuff surgery (especially those with large or massive tears) that they can continue to improve for up to 12 months after the operation.