As I learnt after my shoulder reconstruction, you need to respect medical professionals. Operations are really common, and there are lots of people having more serious procedures than you. The surgeons have seen it all before.
At the same time, you have to take ownership of your recovery. Sometimes people think they’ll just go to a surgeon, and he or she will fix whatever is wrong. Unfortunately, that’s not always how it works.
One thing I’ve found invaluable is taking the time to search for a medical opinion I can trust. Specialist physios are great. If you've got a shoulder injury and want to get a really good program, chances are a physio who only does shoulders will give you a more tailored one than a generalist. It’s just finding that balance, and not having too many voices with conflicting views.
In the end, you’ve got to do the rehab yourself, and invest the time to do it properly. People can get into this habit of searching for some magical panacea, but once you’ve gathered enough information from the experts, the main thing is to get on with it.
Then you’ll hit the ground running once again, hopefully stronger than ever.