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FAQ’S - Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

Written by Padma Sundareson | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Sunil Shroff, MBBS, MS, FRCS (UK), D. Urol (Lond) on Aug 27, 2014
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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who does Coronary artery bypass surgery?

A Cardiac Surgeon or a cardio-thoracic surgeon performs the surgery.

2. How long does the procedure last?

The procedure lasts about 3 to 6 hours; more time is required when there is more number of grafts.

3. What can I help my leg wound heal?

If you notice swelling in your feet or legs, keep your legs elevated using 2 or 3 pillows. Ankles should be higher than your knees and knees elevated than hips. This will allow the fluids to be reabsorbed and not form edema.
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4. What is my role in staying healthy?

You should remember that there is no cure for Coronary artery surgery and life style changes are definitely required to prevent worsening of disease and staying healthy. Stop smoking; increase your exercise slowly and steadily, follow a well balanced diet and eat your medications regularly.

5. Are there any restrictions in the daily activities?

All normal activities can be done. Your doctor would specify your restrictions, which may include lifting moderate to heavy weights up to 3 months after surgery, limit climbing stairs in the first 2 weeks, sports until you are comfortable without symptoms and driving when you are still taking pain medications.

6. What should I do if my chest pain returns?

First of all, try to figure out if it is chest pain (angina) or pain in the incisional site. Angina will be usually similar to the pain prior to surgery and will increase or decrease with activity. Incisional pain will be a more constant pain and changes with position. If you are prescribed with Nitroglycerin, you can take that to relieve angina. If pain does not subside, you must go to a hospital’s emergency room as soon as possible or seek you doctor’s attention immediately.

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santosa

what is the dental management of patient with history of CABG ??

Urmil44

my child had a blockage in his volve by birth. his balooning has been done since he was at the age of 22 days. we are regularly going to dr. for periodically check up as and when suggested. My son is now 11 years old he has no problem except swetting as and when he runs very fast while playing or otherwise. He is living is having good health comparing to a normal child. I just want to clear my doube that in the long run can we have any problem relating to volve in future or he will be alright for ever.

Rowland

I had CABG 13 years ago (at age 69) and it resulted in a stroke that left me with hemiplegia. Now, my angina is returning, but I'm treating it with Seanol - which so far (2 months)has been successful. Rowland

artini

thank god..hope you be patient rawland and continue with healty rountine and life style.

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