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how painful is heart bypass surgery recovery?

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Dr. Bennett Werner
43 years experience Cardiology
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.
Answered on Aug 14, 2018

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