The time it takes for heart surgery varies with what procedures are being performed. It may be as short as 3 hours for a minimally invasive procedure or over 10 hours for heart transplant.
I always encourage families to not "watch the clock." By nature of the hospital environment there are so many things that can occur that will prolong the time a patient is out of his room for surgery. Most of these things have nothing to do with how the patient is doing physically. Further, much of the time the patient is gone from his room for surgery is used for pre and post surgical care, not the surgery itself. Loved ones, understandably, get more and more upset as time goes by. It is good to remember that if there is a problem with your loved one his/her health care provider will inform you.
More Answers from Cathy Provins-Churbock, PhD