Is there an effective holistic approach to recovery after heart surgery?

Probably. But I would use it as a compliment to the scientifically proven regimen your cardiac surgeon orders NOT as a substitute. .. if it works great! But if not, it can be dangerous to supplant proven methods with unproven theories .
Yes. Every patient needs to have not only a physical recovery, but also a spiritual and emotional one. You can talk to your doctor and your local cardiac rehab support group to help you construct and follow a program that is right for you.
Yes. And some heart centers even have holistic health care providers to discuss these approaches with you - ask your cardiologist.

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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...

What is the typical recovery period after an open heart surgery?

5 days/ 2 months. The typical patient spends 5 days in the hospital. Once the patient returns home, outpatient physical therapy is initiated either in the home or in a cardiac rehabilitation program. If everything goes well, the recovery period is relatively complete after 2 months. Read more...
6 weeks. The first two weeks are the worst. After six weeks a patient can return to his full-time job assuming that his wound has healed well. Read more...

How long is the recovery time following open heart surgery on an infant?

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. Read more...
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 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...

What is the best way to approach post open heart surgery rage and depression?

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...