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After Surgery - Activites

WALK, WALK, WALK

Rest is critical in your healing process but it is just as important to bring your body back to your normal condition.  The best thing to do is WALK as much as you can each day.  Sitting up in the chair instead of the bed will also help to get you stronger and breath normally.

DRIVE

You may drive approximately 4-6 weeks after your surgical date.  It is important to avoid driving, outdoor bicycling, or motorcycle riding.  This time period is recommended to allow your breastbone to heal properly.

FLY

Generally, we suggest not flying until your first operative visit with your surgeon.  You may not have stamina to walk to your terminal.  

PHYSICAL THERAPY

Physical therapy is important in most heart surgery recovery.  You may be assigned a physical therapist to work with you during your postoperative period.  They will provide with specific upper & lower body exercises.  Unless otherwise instructed by your surgeon, follow the excercise.

WEIGHTS, EXCERCISE

You cannot carry anything heavier than 10 pounds for the first 6-8 weeks after surgery.  Do not use excercise machines (ex, treadmill, elliptical, etc). 

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