The average recovery time following surgery depends on the surgery type. For example, heart patients require up to eight weeks following heart surgery to return to unrestricted daily activities, according to WebMD. By contrast, people recovering from gallbladder surgery often return to work within one week, notes MedlinePlus.
Other surgeries require different recovery times. Women recovering from hysterectomies need around six weeks to resume full activities, according to Mayo Clinic. The recovery period following a tonsillectomy generally runs from a week to 10 days, according to MedicineNet. Less complicated or minor surgeries require far less time for recovery. Despite the type of surgery, complications such as infection extend necessary recovery times.