Cardiothoracic surgery

Surgical Procedure Recommended return to non-manual employment Recommended return to manual employment Other Advice
Thoracoscopic surgical procedures including cervical sympathectomy, pulmonary resection and pneumothorax surgery Within 2 weeks Within 4 weeks Dependent on underlying pathology
Thoracotomy with partial pneumonectomy 6 weeks Possible  
Thoracotomy with pneumonectomy 2-3 months Unlikely  
Oesophagectomy 3 months Unlikely Dependent on underlying pathology
Coronary angioplasty 6-8 weeks   Driving advice: The DVLA state that you must stop driving for at least 1 week after a successful procedure. If procedure not successful, then cease driving for at least 4 weeks. For more information, see: Patients who drive a Class 2 vehicle are legally obliged to inform the DVLA in Swansea about their operation and must not drive for 3 months.
CABG 6 weeks 4-8 weeks  

 


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