Search our website Find job opportunies at THI and St. Luke's Find a doctor location and contact information
Heart Information Center
 
Ask a Heart Doctor
  Back to previous page

 

Help us improve this service.

Your feedback will help guide us in developing this site.

Ask a Texas Heart Institute Doctor 
Informed patients make better patients.

Question:

How soon after bypass surgery can you walk dogs?

How soon after bypass surgery can you walk your 2-dogs that are 65 pounds?

submitted by Len from Boulder, Colorado on 8/23/2012

Answer:

William E. Cohn, MDby Texas Heart Institute cardiovascular surgeon, William E. Cohn, MD  

Hey Len, you could probably walk your dogs after a few weeks if they are very well behaved. The biggest concern would be if you had to yank on the leash... we wouldn't want the wires that hold the breast bone closed to loosen. By 8 weeks, the bone has grown together somewhat, and you should be OK. If your dogs are pretty unruly, and require a good deal of leash yanking, I would wait at least 12 weeks. Good luck!   

See also on this site:

Has your question or a similar one already been answered?
Search all the Heart Doctor questions and answers.

To search for a doctor or access St. Luke's physician referral service, use the "Find a Doctor" link at the top of this page.


Updated August 2012
Top  
Like us on Facebook Follow us on Twitter Subscribe to us on YouTube Find Us on Flicikr Follow Us on Pinterest Add us on Google+ Find us on LinkedIn

Please contact our Webmaster with questions or comments.
Terms of Use and Privacy Policy
© Copyright 1996-2014 Texas Heart Institute.
All rights reserved.
This website is accredited by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify. U.S. NEWS America's Best Hospitals 2013-14