Recovery after open heart surgery takes up to six weeks, according to Healthline. It often takes up to six months before the full benefits of the surgery take effect.
Doctors recommend limited activity for the first six to eight weeks after surgery, WebMD states. This includes driving and lifting heavy objects. Doctors also advise against standing still for more than 15 minutes. After the surgery, discomfort and itching around the incision and muscle soreness are normal. It is possible to manage these with prescribed pain medication.
Walking every day and performing household chores are generally permitted soon after surgery, according to WebMD. Walking generally eases muscle discomfort.