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what is the usual recovery time for bypass heart surgery?

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Dr. Irv Loh
Dr. Irv Loh answered
48 years experience Cardiology
Physically, 6 weeks: Assuming no complications, patients can be discharged within a few days after surgery. The surgical wounds heal within a couple of weeks. If a sternotomy was used, the bones may not be at full strength until about 6 weeks. Soreness with range of motion may persist a bit after that, but cardiac & physical rehabilitation will sort all of that out. Complications obviously may add time to healing.
Answered on May 21, 2019
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Dr. Francis Uricchio
37 years experience Cardiology
2 months: The average patient spends 4-5 days in the hospital. When you go home you are able to walk in the hallway and climb a flight of stairs. After some physical therapy either at home or as an outpatient, the recovery should be complete for the typical patient after 8 weeks. Some people recover more quickly and others take longer.
Answered on Dec 31, 2018
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Dr. Payam Rafat
21 years experience Podiatry
Recovery time varies: Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.
Answered on Dec 31, 2018

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