When Should You Resume Activity After Heart Surgery?
A Cleveland Clinic heart surgeon shares general guidelines on when to resume certain activities after heart surgery.
Getting back to your favorite outdoor activities after heart surgery can’t happen soon enough. Especially in warm, sunny weather.
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But that’s no excuse to do too much too soon. Body tissue and bone takes time to heal completely.
“People who have had heart surgery should talk to their doctor about the right time to resume specific activities,” says Douglas Johnston, MD, a cardio-thoracic surgeon at Cleveland Clinic.
Timing depends on several factors, he notes:
While Dr. Johnston’s advice may differ from your doctor’s, here are his general guidelines about how long to wait before returning to your favorite fair-weather activities:
After heart surgery, patients see their medical team for a post-surgery check-up. During this appointment, the patient’s incision is checked for healing and the patient is evaluated to see how recovery is progressing. This is a good time to talk to your medical team about return to activities.
“My goal always is to get patients back to their normal routines, so I tend to move patients along fairly quickly,” says Dr. Johnston. “But each patient’s situation is different, and there are many factors to consider. That’s why everyone should check with their surgeon before jumping back into any activity.”