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Recovery Process after Heart Surgery

Recovery time after heart surgery depends on many factors. For one, you'll have to take into account the operation itself. Did the entire operation proceed smoothly? Are there complications attendant during the course of the procedure? More importantly, was the operation performed for a serious heart condition which required major work?

Heart surgeries are generally performed to treat congenital and valvular heart disorders. They may involve repairing the heart valves, bypassing a blocked artery or installing a pacemaker device that will control the heart's rhythm.

The procedures also vary. In an open heart surgery, the chest cavity of the patient is opened while in a minimal invasive procedure, the surgeon will only make small incisions. In the former, the recovery process would be longer compared to the latter.

The usual procedure after a major operation is to transfer the patient to an intensive care unit (ICU). During this phase, breathing equipment and other apparatus are placed to assist the patient. If the operation went well, the equipment is usually removed after a couple of days. If everything goes well, the patient can be released from the hospital. The attending doctor will prescribe after-surgery guidelines that will aid in recovery as well as avoid complications.

The initial recovery period usually runs from six to eight weeks. Patients are advised to mobilize and perform non-strenuous activities like walking or performing light household chores. As for the patient's diet, doctors usually give instructions on what to eat.


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Three locations to serve you

Capital Surgeons Group is a group surgical practice specializing in bariatric surgery, breast surgery, colorectal surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robotic surgery at the following locations:


Central Austin

3705 Medical Parkway, Suite 250 and 210
Austin, TX 78705
Appointments: 512.302.1210
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


North Austin/Round Rock

505 W. Louis Henna Blvd., Suite 220
Austin, TX 78728
Appointments: 512.498.4860
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm


South Austin

5625 Eiger Road, Suite 230
Austin, TX 78735
Appointments: 512.441.7755
Office Hours: M-F, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm