Open-heart surgery is an intensive procedure that requires opening the chest wall to allow surgeons to reach the heart more easily. This is done by cutting through the sternum and spreading the ribs.
Open-heart surgery is used to treat several conditions, including arrhythmias, atrial fibrillation, congenital heart defects, coronary artery disease, heart failure, heart valve disease, and thoracic aortic aneurysms.
Recovering from open-heart surgery can take anywhere from six to 12 weeks, depending on the type of operation you had, your health condition prior to surgery, and any complications that may arise. Your surgeon will advise you on when you can return to work and resume normal activity.
Open-heart surgery is an option for patients whose heart conditions have not improved with other approaches (medication, lifestyle changes, or non-invasive procedures) and whose physicians have deemed them strong enough to undergo the operation.
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