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

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

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. ...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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Docs, usually how long is recovery after open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies: Some operations are more complex, tedious, and complications. Simple ones lead to speedy recovery in infants. They are pliable and quick to heal. ...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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I have CHF and will be having open heart surgery to replace a valve, how long is recovery and will I be in a lot of pain after surgery?

I have CHF and will be having open heart surgery to replace a valve, how long is recovery and will I be in a lot of pain after surgery?

Mostly 3 months: It depends on which valve, how many valves, how the surgery will be done, and your current physical condition. If you are young, doing fine and have normal kidneys, liver, and lungs, and have the surgery for one of your valves, you will recovery quickly like 5 days hospitalization and 1.5-3 months for full recovery. ...Read more

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What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

A few months...: It will take some time before you can get back to doing everything that you were doing before surgery. If you have the sternum cut for the surgery, the longest recovery time is for the bone to heal. For the first month we recommend no heavy lifting more than about 10 pounds. No driving. For the second month you can lift up to 25 pounds and drive. By the third month you can go skydiving. ...Read more

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What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

6 weeks: The first two weeks are the worst. After six weeks a patient can return to his full-time job assuming that his wound has healed well. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time for a 2 year old having an open heart surgery to fix asd vsd and double right chamber?

What is the recovery time for a 2 year old having an open heart surgery to fix asd vsd and double right chamber?

Variable: If all goes well, one week at most in the hospital, and about six weeks to resume many normal activities. Of course some cases are complex and these guidelines would not apply. Ask your child's cardiologists or surgeon what they anticipate. ...Read more

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For how long does open heart surgery last?

For how long does open heart surgery last?

It depends: It depends on what operation you are talking about, taking certain medications, and controlling conditions like hypertension and diabetes. Talk to your doctor if the operation lasting as long as possible is very important to you. This consideration can inform some choices for particular operations, such as heart valve surgery. ...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 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

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