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Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open heart surgery?

Please tell me how long it takes for to recover from open heart surgery?

2 months: Traditionally most patients have showered and left hospital in 4 or 5 days post op. They are then seen in office at 10 days and most are ready to get back to their life. They generally are tired still. I recommend 2 months off work, no strenuous exercise, and then start cardiac rehab. If you had minimally invasive surgery with smaller incision or no sternotomy recovery is faster. ...Read more

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Dr. Frederick Tibayan
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Heart Surgery (Definition)

Open intervention on the heart to correct congenital cardiac anomalies, repair replace heart valves, ascending aortic dissection repair, coronary bypass, heart transplant, surgical removal of heart tumors, ventricular assist devices, cox maze procedures to cure atrial fibrillation, repair of trauma to the heart. Repair of iatrogenic injuries to heart, heart-lung ...Read more


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How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?

How much time does it take to recover from open heart surgery?

Recovery time: Recovery time from cardiac surgery varies by the general condition of the patient and the type of surgery. For an uncomplicated coronary bypass surgery in an otherwise normal patient, can be out of hospital in under a week and back to work after around 6 weeks on the average. With complicated surgery in an ill patient these numbers can be significantly longer. ...Read more

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How long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?

How long does it take to wake up from open heart surgery?

Anesthesia: Anesthesiologists often run the case so a patient is awake very rapidly at the end of the procedure. Not all anesthetic runs aim for this however. Discuss the specifics with the anesthesia team doing the procedure. ...Read more

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How long does open heart surgery take to complete?

How long does open heart surgery take to complete?

Depends: Most coronary operations are about 3-5 hours for average surgeon, disease and place. Some pride on speed, but thorough and careful is a good idea. Valve operations also vary with how bad the valve is, and if more than one valve needs work. ...Read more

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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Stages: "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. ...Read more

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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?

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?

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. ...Read more

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How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

How long should it take to get over open heart surgery with a staph infection?

Varies: Depends on the site of infection (mediastinum, sternum, superficial soft tissue, vein harvest site, central line, lung, bladder, etc), immunosuppression, nutrition, and treatment. ...Read more

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Open Heart Surgery (Definition)

Not an easy answer. Open heart surgery describes surgical intervention under direct vision involving entering a heart chamber or coronary artery. Percutaneous interventions do not ...Read more