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A 34-year-old female asked:

my son 10 year old son just had open heart surgery. how long does recovery take so he can start playing outside? riding his bike & playing football?

3 doctor answers10 doctors weighed in
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
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 timeline & pre-surgical health & the complexity of the repair will factor into the recovery period. Six to eight weeks may be a good basic expectation, yet kids do very.
Dr. Richard Pollard
Anesthesiology 30 years experience
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 case with the information you have provided is months before even thinking about football.
Dr. Randy Stevens
General Surgery 24 years experience
6-8 weeks. Time is needed for the bone to heal. Titanium wires are used to make the bone close. It will take 6 weeks for the bone to be its strongest. Until then he can walk but limit the activities like bicycle and skateboarding. Be well. Send your surgeon a Christmas card every year please.
Aug 30, 2013
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatric Cardiology 16 years experience
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 after. Playing football is more risky because of the risk of chest trauma. Please please talk with your child's cardiologist and surgeon to learn more about their specific issues.

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