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how long is recovery from open heart surgery

A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Craig Carter
40 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
31 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 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 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
46 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
Dr. Richard Pollard
30 years experience Anesthesiology
Talk to MD: The surgeon will be the one to best gauge the rate of recovery. This can depend on type of surgery, underlying defect and recovery from surgery. Best ... Read More
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
16 years experience Pediatric Cardiology
Quite Some Time: Getting back to riding a bicycle can take some time, and football much longer (if at all). Kids generally are able to go out and play ~1-2 months aft ... Read More
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
29 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
A 40-year-old member asked:
Dr. Francis Uricchio
38 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 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
38 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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A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Frederick Tibayan
23 years experience Thoracic Surgery
It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Talk to yo ... Read More
A 38-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Heart surgery: A typical operation takes at least 3hrs, though some less, some more; depends on what needs to be done.
A 36-year-old member asked:
Dr. Calvin Weisberger
51 years experience Cardiology
Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists often run the case so a patient is awake very rapidly at the end of the procedure. Not all anesthetic runs aim for this however. D ... Read More
A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
56 years experience General Surgery
Gradually from day 1: Your surgeon will have physical therapy with you to walk, flex, stand etc. Each day you will be encouraged to do more. Light 5 pound weights in th ... Read More

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