Well, I think it's different for everyone. I was 36 when I had my valve replaced, due to endocarditis. The valve was in bad shape to begin with, being how I got the infection. I was born with bicuspid aortic valve disease. I say all this because, it's important to know that I was healthy (except infection) and in pretty shape going into the surgery.
I had a great recovery and my memories are not bad from that time. I went home 4 days post op. I ran a mile 7 weeks after surgery. I was back to all activities at 6-7 months. Sneezing caused discomfort for about
It is painful? Absolutely. They are cutting through bone and that bone has to heal. The most important thing you can do for your recovery is stay on a consistent pain medication regimen. I go every 4 hours, even if no pain. I did this for 3 weeks. Also, if you are on your pain meds, you are able to get up and walk around, which is key to recovery.
My father who was in poor health when he had a heart attack and then a CABG x 5 had a much longer recovery. He was 68 when he had the surgery. He was inpatient for 1 week and I had him put in a rehab hospital for an additional week before I brought him home. He was up and walking out on his own at about
12 weeks, before that I needed to be with him. It took a lot longer to get his meds and diet and activity levels where they should be.
The incision and bone healing however was a bit easier for him, as he didn't have large breasts and I did. Being a large breasted women made that part of recovery more difficult.
Hope this helps!
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