After bypass surgery, you may stay in the hospital for three to five days, then continue recovery at home for four to six weeks.
People who work in strenuous occupations may need to wait longer than those in less strenuous positions to return to work. Most surgeons discourage driving a car for six weeks after bypass surgery.
During the recovery period, you may begin participation in a cardiac rehabilitation program, prescribed by your physician. Participating in a “rehab” program to regain physical strength and eating a diet of nutrient-rich foods are critical to a successful recovery – and to returning to the lifestyle you want to live.