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“I have talked with friends who have had the open surgery and they all had at least six to eight weeks recovery time. I was at home and within a few weeks and my wife was telling me to slow down.” - Richard A.
A minimally invasive bypass surgery restores blood flow to the heart muscle. This is done by using blood vessels from other parts of the body to make a new route for blood to flow around blocked coronary (heart) arteries.
Atherosclerosis is a disease of the arteries. Cholesterol and fatty deposits build up on the walls of the arteries. This restricts blood flow. When the buildup happens in the heart, it may lead to chest pain, called angina, or heart attack. Lifestyle changes and medicines can be used to treat atherosclerosis. Patients who have only one or two clogged arteries may be candidates for minimally invasive bypass surgery.
Minimally invasive bypass surgery may be used to treat:
If you are planning to have a minimally invasive bypass surgery, your doctor will review a list of possible complications, which may include:
Some factors that may increase the risk of complications with heart surgery include:
Your doctor will likely do the following:
Talk to your doctor about your medication. You may need to stop taking certain medication for one week before surgery, such as:
Your doctor may also ask you to:
General anesthesia will be given. You will be asleep during the procedure.
A small incision will be made in the chest between the ribs without dividing the breastbone. This allows the surgeon to reach the heart. Then standard techniques are used to connect the prepared chest artery or leg vein to the coronary (heart) artery that is blocked.
You will be monitored in the intensive care unit, where you will have the following interventions:
How Long Will It Take?
The surgery can take anywhere from 2 to 3 hours.
How Much Will It Hurt?
Anesthesia prevents pain during surgery. You may be given medication for any pain during recovery.
Average Hospital Stay
The average stay is 3 to 6 days.
At the Hospital
When you return home, do the following to help ensure a smooth recovery:
Every patient’s recovery can be different. You will need to shower, daily, with a mild soap. Ask your doctor when it is safe to take a bath or soak in water. You may find that there will be some areas of discomfort in the area of surgery that can last for several weeks. Also, it is common that you may feel tired for many weeks following this type of surgery.
People with jobs requiring strong physical activity may require additional time before resuming those types of activities. Most patients can return to normal activities approximately three weeks after the operation. Be sure to ask your doctor when you can drive and return to work.
When to Call Your Surgeon
In case of an emergency, call for medical help right away.
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