Once you have an open heart surgery, it will take about 6 to 8 weeks for you to start recovering from the same. In fact your doctor and surgeon will have a specific set of rules for you to follow.
After you’re discharged and reach home, it’s important to follow all the advice from your medical team. in addition, there are some more stuff you should keep in mind. Have a look below.
1. Taking Care Of The Wound
It is necessary that you always keep your wound dry and also clean it often. For the first few days your doctor may ask you to not take a shower, so take a sponge to keep yourself clean. Once the initial days are over you can start taking a shower, but watch out that you don’t wet the wound area. Just in case you feel the area around the wound is getting hot, or you notice any oozing or redness within the area or if you have a temperature that’s beyond 100 F, call the doctor straightaway.
2. Managing Pain
You will already have a list of pain medications that your medical team will give you with even before you’re discharged from the hospital. As your wound will start to heal, you’ll feel some itchiness, dryness and stretch in the area, that is normal. However, you need to see if there’s a lot of pain close to the wound. If you are feeling any pain near the wound area that you think is worsening, speak to your doctor immediately.
3. What You Eat
Anything that you eat at now will directly determine the condition of your health. it’s important to eat as much fresh foods as you possibly can. Your doctor are the best guide to inform you what types of foods or food groups you must eat and what to avoid, therefore make sure you follow that properly.
4. Getting Back To Regular Activities
Give yourself some rest for at least the first 6 to 8 weeks. you’ll be able to try and do some simple tasks around the house that will not stress you out. make sure you do not have to stand in one place for quite 15 minutes, and definitely don’t push or pull things yet. Have a talk with your doctor and begin with some very basic and simple exercise, like slow walking. If you feel tired or out of breath, stop and take rest. Your doctor will be the best person to tell you when you can resume your sexual life.