Recovery after Coronary Bypass Surgery
There are times when the damage to the heart is so extensive that coronary bypass surgery is the best choice. Considered open heart surgery, during this procedure a blood vessel graft will be used to make a bypass around the blocked artery. This allows the blood to continue flow as it should. Sometimes more than one artery may need to be bypassed during the procedure.
Because this is a very serious surgery, you will need to know what you can do to make your recovery as comfortable as possible. By taking the right steps, you can ensure that you are comfortable during your recovery and that you can recover as quickly as possible. Here are some things you will need to do at home.
Follow Doctor’s Orders
The most important thing to remember is that you absolutely must follow your doctor’s orders. This includes the following:
- Taking the proper medication on the proper schedule
- Staying in bed for a set amount of time
- Only taking part in activities allowed for a certain time frame
- Keeping the wound clean and cared for properly
You will be provided with at-home care instructions. You should to read them carefully and follow them closely.
As mentioned, your doctor will go over the details of caring for the incision as it heals. Some of the things will include the following:
- Shower every day and clean the wound with mild soap. Do not take a bath or soak the wound.
- Use approved antiseptic and apply it to the wound regularly, especially after showers.
- Do not rub, scratch or scrub the incisions in any way.
- Do not let the incision be exposed to sunlight.
In addition to the regular care of the wound, you will also need to inspect it regularly. You need to look for signs of infection, like redness, swelling, pain, or fever. If you have any signs, you need to call your doctor immediately.
Once you have recovered enough to begin rehabilitation, your doctor will most likely order a cardiac rehab program. This program will ease you into regular activity and ensure that your body and your heart are healing as it should. Your cardiac rehab team will ensure that you go through rehabilitation safely. It is absolutely vital that you go to cardiac rehab just as your doctor has ordered.