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.
Varies. It depends on the condition of the child prior to surgery, as well as the underlying condition, and the procedure done. The more complicated the procedure, the longer the recovery.

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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?

Varies. As with any surgery, this varies. It would depend on the exact surgery required as well as whether there are any complciations. Usually it would involve one to two weeks in the hospital and four to eight weeks at home. It also depends on what you mean by "recovery." the chest could be sore for a much longer period for instance. Read more...
Baby hearts. Typically, kids recover more quickly after heart surgery than adults. It's important, though, to consider what exactly has been fixed with the operation. There are some surgeries on kids that require multiple steps to complete. What that means is that the child may not be completely repaired after the first procedure. Read more...
Stages. "full" recovery takes months. But i typically think of this in stages. The child is usually hospitalized ~10-14 days. Then the major portion of the recovery is complete by ~2 months (i.e. Home for ~6-8 weeks). But it will take another few months for the sternum to completely heal, etc. Read more...

What is open heart surgery like for an infant? Do they feel pain?

No pain in surgery. Most of the major centers of excellence will employ a multidiscipllinary team approach. Innovative techniques will be utilized to ensure comfort, minimize blood loss, ensure perfusion to the brain, and focused cooperation/communication with all cardiac surgical team members. Read more...

What is open heart surgery like for an infant or a toddler?

Rough. Well surgery on a small child is technically challenging to the surgeon. It would ordinarily take several hours and the recovery several weeks or even months. That said, children and infants have a great ability to recuperate even from major surgery. Read more...
If 9 mos or >. Parents can tour cardiac picu/ward pre-op & meet support staff, including play therapists. At 9 mos. Developmental age & up, a child has " affect matching, " becoming more upset during painful procedures if parents look upset. Also, having implicit memory means a child can develop ptsd. Modify behavioral regression by maintaining discipline & routine. Bring familiar hard, washable toys & books. Read more...
Depends. This depends on the heart lesion. Many forms of heart disease are now treated successfully with surgery. In those cases, the open heart surgery is very well tolerated with the child being home in 1-2 weeks and recovering well. If the heart lesion is very complicated, then the experience can be different. Please discuss this with your child's cardiologist to learn their specific issues. Read more...

What is recovery time like for open heart surgery?

8 weeks. You could expect to be in hospital 4-6 days. After that the usual restrictions are no driving or heavy lifting for 6-8 weeks. During that time you can walk, take showers, and relax. 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 more...

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?

It depends. The recovery time is dependent on your general state of health prior to surgery (true of any surgery), the healthier you are, the quicker the recovery. Most likely, your hospital stay (if you're otherwise healthy) will be about 5-6 days and then it will take several weeks to get back to "normal". There will be some pain early on, but will get better quickly hopefully. Read more...
Two months. You will hopefully only spend 3-5 days in the hospital. It will take a couple weeks to feel better from the surgery, one month for driving, two months before the sternum is healed and then resume full activity. Pain is very subjective, but also depends on the approach: sternotomy, thoracotomy, minimally invasive etc. Over all the pain should be taken care adequately by your doctors. Read more...
10-12 wks to recover. It takes about 10-12 wks to recover if no major post operative complications. Expect a few wks faster recovery if done minimally invasive. Hospital stay after surgery is about 5-7days. Read more...
6 weeks, no. You should be better than you were before surgery within about six weeks. You should not have a lot of pain after the first two weeks. Read more...
One to 3 months. It depends on several things including the age and fitness of the patient as well as the technique used to replace the valve. In general less invasive techniques have a recovery of 4 to 6 weeks and conventional surgery 6 to 12 weeks. Read more...
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...