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It may take you up to six months to recover fully from subacromial decompression. But you should be able to get back to some of your usual activities after a few weeks. See our Recovering from subacromial decompression section for more information.
Your shoulder may feel a bit stiff and sore after your surgery, but over-the-counter painkillers should help to ease any pain. See our Recovering from subacromial decompression section for more information.
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