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How does to take to fully recover after open heart surgery on an infant?
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Allan Stewart
Surgery - Thoracic
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Allan Stewart
Dr. Allan Stewart
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