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How long does it take after a heart transplant to recover fully?

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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
3 doctors agree

In brief: 2 to 3 months

While recovering from a heart transplant requires healing from open chest surgery, the improved heart function from the pre-operative condition should make the well selected recipient enthusiastic.
Overall progress should be exciting.

In brief: 2 to 3 months

While recovering from a heart transplant requires healing from open chest surgery, the improved heart function from the pre-operative condition should make the well selected recipient enthusiastic.
Overall progress should be exciting.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: VARIES

You would probably be in the hospital 1-2 weeks.
Most would probably say it takes 4-6 weeks to recover. That probably is referring to things like the incision healing and improvement in pain. In reality, the recovery will vary greatly and depend on many things such as your age, physical condition, other diseases you have, and what complications there are. So every case is different.

In brief: VARIES

You would probably be in the hospital 1-2 weeks.
Most would probably say it takes 4-6 weeks to recover. That probably is referring to things like the incision healing and improvement in pain. In reality, the recovery will vary greatly and depend on many things such as your age, physical condition, other diseases you have, and what complications there are. So every case is different.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Richard Sanders
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: 6-12 months if ever

A heart transplant requires opening and closing the cheats which is a painful procedure requiring months of recovery for tissues that have been cut to heal.
Because the chest does your breathing, it is constantly moving an average of 12 times a minute. This can cause pain for a long time, but it lessens in time.

In brief: 6-12 months if ever

A heart transplant requires opening and closing the cheats which is a painful procedure requiring months of recovery for tissues that have been cut to heal.
Because the chest does your breathing, it is constantly moving an average of 12 times a minute. This can cause pain for a long time, but it lessens in time.
Dr. Richard Sanders
Dr. Richard Sanders
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