I can't remember how long but the best therapy was reloading shells on my 600 jr. I had both done a week and a half apart. I know I rabbit hunted with the bandage on my hand yet. I cleaned the rabbits an got a little belly juice on the bandage. the nurse asked what happened and I told her it was from my babies diaper. LOL I wa swinging a hammer about 9 or 10 week after surgery. They been good.