Recovery from heart bypass surgery ranges from six to 12 weeks, according to Mayo Clinic. Patients are typically discharged from the hospital within a week of the operation.
Activities such as work and light exercise may be resumed around six weeks, Mayo Clinic adds. In four to six weeks from surgery, patients should feel better, although there are many lingering side effects such as poor appetite, trouble sleeping and weakness in the arms, states MedlinePlus. Activities should be gradually increased, avoiding heavy lifting or anything too strenuous, suggests WebMD. Patients may not be fully healed and see improvements from the bypass for three to six months, indicates MedlinePlus.