Most patients will remain in the hospital for five to seven days. You will then go home and feel tired for a week or two. Afterwards you will feel relatively normal. It takes six weeks before the sternum is completely healed, so heavy lifting during that time is not permitted. During the recovery time, it is quite normal to be aware of your heartbeat. Your heart becomes temporarily attached to your breastbone, which then transmits sound through the bones of your ear. It is normal and can be alleviated by purchasing a sound diffuser.
- Q Will I be allowed to lift things after heart surgery?
- Q What type of therapy should I expect in the hospital after heart surgery?
- Q How long does a heart surgery take?
- Q Who may be referred for bypass surgery?
- Q When should I see my doctors after heart surgery?
- Q What do I do if I feel like I have a fever after heart surgery?