What to Expect After TMR

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After transmyocardial laser revascularization (TMR) surgery at UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin, you will be moved to the intensive care unit (ICU). You will remain in the ICU for at least one day while we monitor your heart function, blood pressure, and other vital signs. In most cases, we are able to remove the breathing tube within six to eight hours of surgery.
You will then be moved to a regular hospital room. During your stay, we will give you medication to prevent blood clots and manage any other diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.
If you underwent TMR only, you should be able to go home three to five days after surgery. If you underwent TMR plus bypass, you should be able to go home 4-10 days after surgery.
Once you are home, we advise you to:
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking

If you have had bypass surgery with TMR, you also should not lift more than 10 pounds for the first month after surgery. This allows your breastbone to heal.


You should be able to return to work within 2-3 months after surgery.