The recovery period for heart valve surgery ranges from several weeks to months depending on the individual, according to WebMD. Recuperation is determined, in part, by a patient's age and general health. In addition, patients heal faster when they follow their doctors' instructions for recovery.
Limitations are placed on heart valve surgery patients for several weeks. Patients should have help at home for at least seven days after the procedure, advises MedlinePlus. Driving is typically prohibited for four to six weeks.
Patients do not return to work for at least six weeks, MedlinePlus states. During this period, patients must be very careful when using their arms and upper body. Reaching back or raising the arms should be avoided. Five to 7 pounds is the maximum lift amount for three months.