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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: Recovering in the Hospital

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Ready or not?

You may meet most of the criteria to go home but may not be able to do certain things well enough to go home. In this case, you may go to a type of assisted-living facility instead of to your home. Nurses and rehabilitation specialists at an assisted-living facility can help you work toward getting home.

Support during your recovery

During recovery, the hospital staff can help you a great deal. You will need to move around despite your incisions and to breathe deeply despite chest pain.

Medical teams that will help you with your recovery

  • Doctors: Your doctors (including your cardiac surgeon, cardiologist, and various specialists) will check on your daily progress, examine you, prescribe and adjust your medicines, and treat any complications.
  • Nursing team: Your nurses will help make sure that you take your medicines, assist you with moving around and getting to the bathroom, and monitor your blood pressure, temperature, and pulse. They are also in the hospital ward around the clock and can help you if you have any medical or other concerns.
  • Other medical team members who might be part of a cardiac rehabilitation program include respiratory therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, and registered dietitians.
  • Additional hospital staff support: While doctors and nurses help to ensure that you are recovering from your CABG surgery, other hospital staff can assist you in other ways. For example, they can help you organize your belongings, answer questions about your recovery, and direct you to helpful medical resources. Working with these staff members may help you reach your recovery goals. Hospital staff members who may visit you during your hospital stay include:
    • A social worker, who makes sure that you go home with any help or nursing that you may need.
    • Your case manager, who interacts with your insurance company and can help you extend your insurance coverage for additional recovery days or rehabilitation needs.

Going home

As you prepare to leave the hospital, your medical team will give you many instructions about how to care for yourself. You may want to have a folder or binder to keep this information organized. Many of the hospital staff members who have helped you recover during your hospital stay may not be available when you are at home. So it is very important that you pay close attention to all the instructions that they give you.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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