A member asked:

How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

2 doctors weighed in across 2 answers
Dr. Craig Carter answered

Specializes in 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 procedure, the longer the recovery.

Answered 8/23/2012


Dr. Barton Cook answered

Specializes in 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 few days may result in several weeks or longer in the hospital. It really varies a great deal depending upon the diagnosis, as well as other complicating medical conditions.

Answered 4/20/2019



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