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Dr. Bennett Werner
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
In brief: Not very
As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep.
By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest.

In brief: Not very
As expected, the first few days are rough and intravenous narcotics are given to relieve pain and promote sleep.
By a week the pain is usually just soreness and easily controlled with oral meds. By a month, most people really don't have much pain or any at all. For some, the vein harvesting site in the leg stays sore longer than the chest.
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