I had a completely torn RC and a torn labrum as well that were both surgically repaired several years ago arthroscopically. My rehab was uneventful; lasted about 6 weeks. I set up a two year plan of rehab with about 12 levels. I continued on my own, progressing only to the next level when I felt I had mastered all the goals of that present level.
At this time, 2+ years post-surgery, I subjectively place myself at about 80-85% of my pre-injury status. I have no pain at all. My flexibility is slightly sub-par at the shoulder and elbow. My strength is 80-85% in all my lifts as compared to pre-injury levels.
I have not completed all the levels of my plan, nor do I think I will be able to. I think I was overly optimistic about my recovery. My surgeon felt I would be able to perform my duties as a Physical Education teacher and no more. I have surpassed his prognosis with plenty to spare; I have not attained what I thought I might be capable of. I still feel with some more time and training, that I will eventually hit 90-95% of my pre-injury strength levels. I have had 2 injuries that occurred within 9 months of each other and both required surgical intervention.
The cumulative effects of both have made my progress of late slower than I expected, but I still see some gains. Maybe my age is beginning to work against me as well; I will be 50 in May, 2006.
I hope you are satified with your recovery and that you set your sights high and attain all your goals. If you have any questions, please ask and I will be happy to answer them.