Timeline for recovery and getting back to playing after a heart surgery

Discussion in 'Trumpet Discussion' started by Bwanabass, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Bwanabass

    Bwanabass Mezzo Piano User

    Jan 20, 2013
    Syracuse, NY
    Hello all,

    Well, after very mild symptoms over the past several months, my doc sent me for a nuclear stress test last week. I was admitted immmediately and had emergency quad bypass surgery on Friday. I am recovering nicely, and as I was just now playing with my lung gym inhaler thingy, I was wondering about the timeline for getting a horn back on my face. My sternum was cracked, so I have a very low weight restriction. I won't even consider it for the next month or so, but I was curious as to whether any of you have gone through this and what your experiences were.

    i want to play it safe for obvios reasons. I am only 42, so my recovery is going very well, I'm already on my feet and walking around the cardiac unit several times a day.

    I am sore, but alive and looking at playing plenty of notes in the future. I feel like my lung function will be even better as a result of this.
  2. Peter McNeill

    Peter McNeill Utimate User

    Jan 30, 2009
    Melbourne Australia
    Cannot help with advice, but my best wishes for a full and quick recovery.

    Work with your Rehab specialist to develop a Rehab plan that incorporates the trumpet side of things. Breathing and exhaling through a mouthpiece would be probably something to speak with the specialist about. Getting a full tank, then restricting the flow through a straw, could be a way to start.

    But I am just guessing, - really my suggestion is to be guided by the experts you are seeing, not us idiots here. Gee I would not trust my own advice if I was in your shoes....

    All the best Mate
  3. bumblebee

    bumblebee Fortissimo User

    Jan 21, 2010
    Great Southern Land
    So Mountains and Valleys are taking a break too then?

    I am also not a doctor so can't offer advice other than to listen to your cardio therapist/doctor and ask them their advice, but I wish you a speedy and complete recovery.

    Kind regards,
  4. Bwanabass

    Bwanabass Mezzo Piano User

    Jan 20, 2013
    Syracuse, NY
    Thanks guys. Yes, part of my recovery here is respiratory therapy. I am being very realistic about recovery and working very hard at the exercises they have provided. At this point it seems to be more about filling my lungs to capacity to discourage the development of pneumonia as I heal. Where it goes from there, I will have to wait and see.

    Thank you for the kind words and suggestions! I had the surgery Friday and am already up and walking around. I actually feel pretty good! Very sore, but I am feeling good. I will keep you posted. Thanks again!
  5. J. Jericho

    J. Jericho Fortissimo User

    Mar 16, 2011
    You're still young enough to be able to heal relatively quickly and be strong when your recovery is complete. Prioritize a healthy lifestyle; your survival depends upon it. Best wishes!
  6. Vulgano Brother

    Vulgano Brother Moderator Staff Member

    Mar 23, 2006
    Parts Unknown
    Hopefully one or more of our tame doctors will chime in, but I wish you a speedy recovery.
  7. GeorgeB

    GeorgeB Mezzo Piano User

    Apr 13, 2016
    New Glasgow, N.S. Canada
    Good luck on a speedy recovery.
  8. 92bach

    92bach New Friend

    Mar 11, 2017
    I've gone through the past 12 years with four Stents. The main thing is not to push yourself too quickly. Your body has gone through a great ordeal. Allow it time to heal and re-gain full strength. Then you'll know when you're ready to pick up the horn again.
  9. rufflicks

    rufflicks Pianissimo User

    Dec 9, 2009
    Nor Cal
    You should start very relaxed and slow. I flat lined twice 5 hits with the paddles, 45 min of CPR , a stent, therapeutic hypothermia and an induced coma were my story. I have permanent damage and reduced heart function. I also came down with pneumonia, do your breathing exercises! I returned to playing withing weeks of my event. I took it very easy and paced my playing along with my recovery. Playing is good for the lungs and helped me better understand my recovery. Unless a doctor has played an instrument they do not understand the physical demands of trumpet playing and will not have an informed answer to your question. Get in a cardiac rehab class!!!!!! This is far more important than the trumpet!!!!! Best, Jon
  10. True Tone

    True Tone Piano User

    Aug 16, 2015
    As said, take it slow starting back up playing.
    Hope you recover well!

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