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Is it okay to raise your arms over your head, after, mitral valve heart surgery?

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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Surgery - Thoracic
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In brief: Surgical approach

Depends on where your incision is.
If you has sternotomy through middle of chest want to let bone heal for at least 6 weeks before fully raising arms above head.if you had thoracotomy on side of chest may be able to due this motion sooner say 4 weeks or so. Talk to your surgeon or the physical therapist doing your cardiac rehab and good luck!

In brief: Surgical approach

Depends on where your incision is.
If you has sternotomy through middle of chest want to let bone heal for at least 6 weeks before fully raising arms above head.if you had thoracotomy on side of chest may be able to due this motion sooner say 4 weeks or so. Talk to your surgeon or the physical therapist doing your cardiac rehab and good luck!
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