Cardiothoracic surgery

Procedure

Sedentary admin

Sedentary light manual

Active light manual

Heavy manual

Physically demanding

Pacemaker1 3-7 days 3-7 days 1-6 weeks 6 weeks 6 weeks

Thoracoscopy with cervical sympathectomy, pulmonary resection and pneumothorax surgery

1-2 weeks

1-2 weeks

2-4 weeks

4 weeks+

4 weeks+

Thoracotomy with partial pneumonectomy

6 weeks

6 weeks

6 weeks

12 weeks

12 weeks

Thoracotomy with pneumonectomy

8-12 weeks

8-12 weeks

8-12 weeks

unlikely

unlikely

Spontaneous pneumothorax

1-7 days

1-7 days

1-7 days

4-6 weeks

4-6 weeks

Surgery for recurrent pneumothorax

2-3 weeks

2-3 weeks

2-3 weeks

6 weeks+

6 weeks+

Oesophagectomy

6-12 weeks

6-12 weeks

8-12 weeks

8-16 weeks

8-16 weeks

CABG

6 weeks

6 weeks

8-12 weeks

12-39 weeks

26-39 weeks

 

1. After pacemaker fitting, must avoid raising arms above shoulder height for six weeks to allow wires to embed fully in muscles. No driving Group 2 vehicles for six weeks, check DVLA website.