More specific recommendations about rigorous activity and competitive sports depend on a few factors, such as your son’s age, the type of heart condition he has, and the outcome of the surgery (Is the electrical system and squeeze of the heart normal? Are there any significant blockages or leaks in the heart? Is there excess fluid around the heart? Are there concerns that the incision hasn’t healed well or could be infected? Are there concerns about enlarged blood vessels or coronary artery narrowing? Are pressures in the heart and lung blood vessels normal?) These are best addressed by his cardiologist, but if it was repair of a single hole in his heart, chances are good that he’ll be OK for unrestricted activity after the 8 week point.
Finally, many children get lots of extra energy after holes in their hearts are fixed. Still, after recouparating from a major surgery and hospital stay, it may take some time for his endurance to return. Be sure to let his cardiologist know if he seems to be in pain, seems lethargic, has other symptoms he tells you about or you can see, or is just not acting himself.
Here’s to a speedy and complete recovery for him!