What You Need to Know about Cardiac Bypass Surgery

If you’re anticipating undergoing cardiac bypass surgery at MountainView Hospital, consider watching this featured video. In the video clip, Dr. Mock explains why some patients, such as those with a weakened heart or symptoms of heart disease, may be good candidates for cardiac bypass surgery. The cardiology team at our heart hospital provides extensive pre-operative patient education.

Before the Procedure

Your heart care physician may ask you to stop taking certain medications for two weeks prior to the cardiac bypass surgery. If you smoke, quitting will help you have a safer surgery and will help you recover more quickly. Follow your doctor’s instructions regarding when you should cease food and drink intake. Doing so will prevent certain complications of the anesthesia.

During the Procedure

After you’ve been placed under general anesthesia, the cardiac surgeon will create an incision in your chest and separate the breastbone. Then, the surgeon will take an artery or vein from somewhere else in your body, such as your leg or wrist. This blood vessel is used to create a graft. The surgeon will attach the ends of the blood vessel to your coronary artery and an opening in the aorta. This graft will improve the flow of blood to your heart. Once the graft is placed, the doctor will close the breastbone with wires and then close the incision.

After the Procedure

You can expect to stay in the heart hospital for a few days. Patients typically remain in the intensive care unit for the first night. You may then be transferred to another room in the heart hospital. Depending on your condition, you may be discharged in three to seven days and you’ll recover at home for the next four to six weeks. For the best possible outcome, your heart health team may design a cardiac rehabilitation program for you.

MountainView Hospital is a premier heart hospital serving residents throughout the Las Vegas area. Our heart care specialists provide interventional cardiology, non-invasive cardiovascular testing, electrophysiology, and many other advanced services. Call (702) 233-5300 to speak with a registered nurse at our heart hospital or visit our website to browse our other services, including bariatric weight loss, stroke care, and robotic surgery.

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