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how painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
Cardiology 44 years experience
Not very: As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep. By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest.

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A 38-year-old member asked:

When does the pain stop after heart bypass surgery?

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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Cardiology 55 years experience
Immediately: If the bypass is successful, the pain should no longer be present after the surgery. However, the incision itself will be painful for a while, but that should be a differnt type of pain.

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