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average recovery time for open heart surgery

A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
8 weeks: You could expect to be in hospital 4-6 days. After that the usual restrictions are no driving or heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks. During that time you ... Read More
Dr. Matthew Hennig
18 years experience Thoracic Surgery
A few months...: It will take some time before you can get back to doing everything that you were doing before surgery. If you have the sternum cut for the surgery, t ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Varies: It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the proce ... Read More
Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Variable: Less complex surgery at 2-4 months of age may require a week or so in the hospital. Complex congenital heart defects requiring surgery in the first fe ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Hard to say: Double outlet right ventricle has several variations which determines the surgical treatment. In some cases multiple surgeries are needed to address ... Read More
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Dr. Barton Cook
30 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Variable: If all goes well, one week at most in the hospital, and about six weeks to resume many normal activities. Of course some cases are complex and these g ... Read More
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
15 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Weeks and then...: The child usually recovers enough from the surgery to leave the hospital in about 10 to 14 days. Recovery after takes at least 6-8 weeks as the breast ... Read More
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A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience Cardiology
5 days/ 2 months: The typical patient spends 5 days in the hospital. Once the patient returns home, outpatient physical therapy is initiated either in the home or in a ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Varies: Some operations are more complex, tedious, and complications. Simple ones lead to speedy recovery in infants. They are pliable and quick to heal.
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. James Ferguson
45 years experience Pediatrics
Best answer = team: The best answer will come as your surgical & cardiology team assesses his response to the surgery. Not all procedures respond with a predictable timel ... Read More
A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Open heart surgeryy: Open heart surgery encompasses lots of different procedures. It generally implies being placed on a heart lung machine during the surgery. The time di ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
50 years experience Cardiology
Recovery time: Recovery time from cardiac surgery varies by the general condition of the patient and the type of surgery. For an uncomplicated coronary bypass surger ... Read More
A 50-year-old female asked:
Dr. Tony Ho
Dr. Tony Ho answered
13 years experience Infectious Disease
Depends: It depends on how deep the infection is; a superficial infection can often be cleared in a couple of weeks. The deeper the infection, the longer the ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Steven Ajluni
34 years experience Cardiology
Needs followup: CABG 10 years ago implies that CAD has been present for along time. For the mother of a current 23 yo it means that CAD started at an early age. Byp ... Read More

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