Heart Valve Surgery Recovery and Follow Up

Your Heart Surgery: Rehab and Recovery

What to expect after heart valve surgery

The normal recovery time is usually four to eight weeks, and may be shorter after minimally invasive surgeries.

Immediately after surgery

People are usually practicing very basic self-care and are encouraged to get up, to breathe deeply, and to resume eating, drinking and walking as soon as possible after surgery.

Days and weeks following surgery

Downloadable surgery milestones

During this phase, people can expect to gradually regain energy and return to their normal activity level.

Download our Recovery Milestones checklist (PDF) and chart your progress toward wellness. This checklist is also available in Spanish (PDF).

Video: Factors Affecting Recovery from Heart Valve Surgery

Heart Valve Disease Resources

Find out more about your heart valves and how to manage heart valve disease.