After you or a loved one undergoes heart surgery there is an expected cardiac surgery rehabilitation process. Understanding the process can help to make it easier on you and your loved ones. As such there are a few things to know about the recovery process.
It Takes Time
Rehabilitation for any procedure is a process and will take time. On average, cardiac surgery rehabilitation takes about six to eight weeks for individuals to return to normal activity. Depending upon the evasiveness of the procedure, it may take a shorter period of time, but your physician will guide you through the process and let you know.
Those who have undergone heart surgery have reported certain changes, including:
decrease in appetite
periods of sadness
To address all of these things it is important that individuals try to stick to routines and engage in activities that they enjoy.
The Familiar is Good
Engaging in familiar activities and being around loved ones and friends can be very helpful during the rehabilitation process. It should be noted that short spurts are encouraged at first, but can be increased in time.
Though there are other important things to be familiar with concerning the cardiac surgery rehabilitation process, knowing these three things and following the instruction of your physician can get you or your loved one on the right track to a speedy recovery.