A typical patient will stay in the hospital for 2-3 days after surgery. Not all patients are discharged this early for a variety of reasons. Most patients are 80-90% within 1-2 weeks. Some patients take longer to recover. There are no special precautions after surgery (unlike standard heart surgery done through the breastplate) other than to avoid driving until off of narcotic pain medication. Patients have returned to full activity within 1-3 weeks but some take longer. I generally advise patients to tell their employer that they may need to be out of work for a month, but many of my motivated patients have returned much earlier.
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