In most cases, the recovery is rapid after the surgery. Within the first or second day post-surgery, the patient is transferred from intensive care (ICU) to general care.
The drainage tubes are removed the very next morning after the surgery. Within a day or two the pacing wires are also removed. In case of irregular heartbeat, pacing wires may be used longer.
Most of the patients are discharged on the 3rd or 4th day after the surgery. Patients are advised not to consume aspirin for about 6 months post the operation, to check thrombus formation (development of blood clots).
After the surgery care has to be taken, as not to injure the chest so that the incision can heal effectively. The patient’s movements at home should be carefully monitored for a few days post-surgery.