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Is There An Effective Holistic Approach To Recovery After Heart Surgery
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
What is the recovery time for a 2 year old having an open heart surgery to fix asd vsd and double right chamber?
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Depends: This is a relatively new way of repairing an aortic valve. While more and more data is coming out in regards to less invasive techniques this is still mostly reserved for those who aren't candidates for open heart surgery and have symptomatic aortic valve stenosis. It does help people but it doesn't replace open heart techniques for those who can undergo surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Open heart surgery: Have a conversation with a mental health practitioner so that you can find new ways to deal with the anger and depression that are natural consequences of heart surgery in a lot of people. There is good help available for this. It's important to deal with these emotions as soon as possible, otherwise they create stress which can affect the whole body, and the heart. ...Read more
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