im gonna say no. i am currently living with a left shoulder rebuild from injuies from iraq. i basically have no ligiments left in my shoulder. i get a cortizone shot from the VA every 3 to 4 months. im bionic for a little whilesphss till it wears off then back to the VA. rotator cuff have diff levels of broken. the basic one i can remember the name is rarely operated on just cortizoned for a while and phys therapy to build the muscle around it. the more extreme the cuff then obviously the higher the chances of surgury what has your dr recomemmded. im very initmate with shoulders do to my injurys i will be happy to pass all my knowlegde on to you. surgury will put you no work for 6 to 8 weeks then limited duty for 3-6 months all the while going to phys therapy after the initial 6 to 8 weeksI think I have a torn rotator cuff. Is there anyway I can recover from this without surgery? The way the economy is going and everybody beating the door down for jobs I really dont want any time off.