Recovering from Surgery

Nurse comforting patient after surgery

During recovery, it is important that you follow post-surgical care instructions provided by your doctor along with establishing a routine for medication, exercise and diet. Your doctor will recommend the best program for you.


Recovery from open heart surgery is a complex process that may take months. Your body will need time to heal from the surgery. While some of your symptoms may be immediately alleviated with heart valve surgery, it will take some time before you feel back to normal and are able to return to your usual routine. Be sure to give yourself time to heal, and work with your doctor to follow the best path to better health.

Promoting Your Healthy Recovery

The best way to speed up your recovery is to understand how the body heals and what foods, activities and routines are critical to the healing process.

Learn More About Promoting a Healthy Recovery