Heart surgery is a serious surgery, that isn't anything you don't already know, right? After all, you wouldn't be reading this right now if you or somebody you know wasn't about to have a heart surgery. And you're probably curious as to how painful this will be during and after, and you should know, it's going to be pretty painful. But your doctor will put you on a pain management regimen before you're discharged.
However, by discharge time, your pain will be at a mild to moderate level, because if it isn't, then your doctor most likely won't release you. You'll be prescribed pain management medication when you go home, be sure to take it as instructed. This is prescribed to assist you in getting up and moving around. Don't worry about being addicted to it as long as you take it only as prescribed.
Then when your appointment for follow-up comes around, your pain level will be at a minimal level by then. There are patients that have expressed concern about chest and shoulder pains, causing them alarm that it may be angina. This is understandable and you shouldn't hesitate to call your doctor if you do experience this pain.
However, this is typically nothing more than your bones and muscles aching. Again, don't be afraid to call your doctor, though! Better safe than sorry.
With effective pain management medication, you will heal faster and in comfort. This medication you're prescribed will keep possible complications risks minimal too. Believe it or not, you will be up walking around quick because your doctors will a physical therapist teach you breathing exercises. Those exercises will get your strength back sooner and they are also good for pain management.