Physically, 6 weeks. Assuming no complications, patients can be discharged within a few days after surgery. The surgical wounds heal within a couple of weeks. If a sternotomy was used, the bones may not be at full strength until about 6 weeks. Soreness with range of motion may persist a bit after that, but cardiac & physical rehabilitation will sort all of that out. Complications obviously may add time to healing.
Recovery time varies. Recover time will vary depending on many factors including age, general health of the patient, infection control, smoker or not, blood sugar control, the exact type of procedure, and post-operative and follow up care. Discuss it with your surgeon and get their opinion as to what they feel is a reasonable recovery time for you.
2 months. The average patient spends 4-5 days in the hospital. When you go home you are able to walk in the hallway and climb a flight of stairs. After some physical therapy either at home or as an outpatient, the recovery should be complete for the typical patient after 8 weeks. Some people recover more quickly and others take longer.
Most anything. If no difficulty sitting, chewing, swallowing and is hungry. Many will have limited appetite so finding things they like is important. Short term even skyline can be ok. Long term see aha low cholesterol, low sodium is preferable.
I've never had a problem using viagra (sildenafil) and have had bypass surgery, recently I had to have a Stent after 15 yrs of heart surgery. Can I still take viagra (sildenafil)?
Viagra (sildenafil) and stent. This question needs to be asked of your doctor/cardiologist who knows you, your condition and your medications. If you are taking nitrates as part of your medications then you can't use the viagra (sildenafil) type drugs. Ask your Doc to explain all this to you.
Will I be able to talk to the perfusionist before my open heart surgery. I have a lot of questions about cognitive problems from bypass machine.?
Possibly. Your surgeon should also be able to address these questions, as they are certainly well-versed in the complications related to bypass, and also what sort of bypass will be needed for your case. On the other hand, I'm certain most centers could easily arrange for you to spam with the perfusionist...
If you ask. Usually the members of the heart team are happy to talk to you - if they know you want to do it. Ask your surgeon to see if he can arrange it.
Not necessarily. A CABG if done without cardiopulmonary bypass (cpb) does not require the heart to be opened, however most cabgs are done with cpb requires cannula placement in the heart. However, most people consider any surgery on the heart where the chest is opened open heart surgery.
Closed... The heart is not actually opened unless you are repairing a valve or aortic aneurysm at the same time. Some would consider it only closed if no heart-lung machine is used for the surgery.
Closed. While the chest is opened to get to the heart to do bypass surgery the heart is not opened. The arteries are on the surface of the heart and therefore approached directly. See picture.
Both. The technical features of the cardiac surgery, including difficulty, age of patient, coexisting illness are important and will often times determine how well the recovery will be. Neither is mutually exclusive.
Both. Cut well, sew well, do well is the axiom. Without good surgery, recovery does not necessarily go well.