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You will likely need to check into the hospital the night before or
morning of your coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) procedure. You will take a shower with antibacterial soap the night before
surgery. You won't be allowed anything to eat or drink after midnight.
Before your surgery, you will meet some of the members of
the surgical team, including the anesthesiologist. This doctor gives you medicines to put you to sleep for the surgery and control your pain both during and after your surgery. He or she will explain how general anesthesia works and make note of any allergies you
might have to medicines. You'll get a sedative to make you feel more
comfortable and relaxed.
Until your operating room is ready, you will stay in the
preoperative, or pre-op, room. Your family and friends will probably be asked
to stay in the waiting room. Your anesthesiologist or his or her assistant will then start one or more intravenous (IV) lines in
your arm. You will be given saline fluid (to keep you hydrated), anesthesia,
and other medicines through your IV line before, during, and after your
When your surgery team is ready, you will be moved on a bed
with wheels to the operating room. The staff will greet
you and make sure that you are as comfortable as possible. Soon, you will
general anesthesia through your IV line to put you to
sleep. After you fall asleep, which happens quickly, a small tube called
catheter will be placed through the opening of your
urethra (the opening of the penis or the female urinary tract) and into your bladder. The free end of
the catheter will then be hooked up to a bag that will collect
If your surgeon plans to use parts of your leg veins for the
bypass grafts, your legs may be placed in a frog
position, with the soles of your feet placed together and knees spread apart.
Next, your chest, arms, and legs will be cleansed so that they are germ-free. Sterile drapes will be placed on the parts of your body that are not involved
in the surgery.
ByHealthwise StaffPrimary Medical ReviewerRakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, ElectrophysiologySpecialist Medical ReviewerRobert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
Current as ofFebruary 20, 2015
Current as of:
February 20, 2015
Rakesh K. Pai, MD, FACC - Cardiology, Electrophysiology & Robert A. Kloner, MD, PhD - Cardiology
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