Typically, arthroscopic rotator cuff repair is performed in an outpatient facility and you should be able to go home the same day. Pain and swelling after the procedure is normal and will decrease over time. You may be prescribed medication to manage your pain for the first few days and as needed. Depending upon your specific needs, your surgeon and physical therapist will develop an exercise routine to gradually increase your range of motion and strength. Complete recovery can take from four to six months depending upon the severity of the tear, the type of repair, and your individual healing progress. Patients typically experience high satisfaction with rotator cuff repair, and in combination with physical therapy, many people experience significant pain reduction and recover much of the lost function of the shoulder.