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What Is Heart Bypass Surgery?

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What Will the Recovery Be Like?

It’s a gradual process. You may feel worse right after surgery than you did before. This is normal. Your body needs time to recover, but you’ll feel better each day.

You won’t be fully healed for about 2 months. Be sure to follow your doctor’s instructions.

You may not be able to drive for 3 to 8 weeks.

You’ll visit your doctor several times during the first few months to track your progress. Call him if your symptoms don’t improve or you’re feeling worse.

What Are the Risks?

All surgeries come with the chance of problems. Some of the possible ones include:

  • Fever
  • Heart attack
  • Infection and bleeding at the incision
  • Memory loss
  • Pain
  • Reactions to anesthesia
  • Stroke

Once you’ve recovered, your symptoms of angina will be gone or much better. You’ll be able to be more active, and you’ll have a lower risk of getting a heart attack. Best of all, the surgery can add years to your life.

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Reviewed by James Beckerman, MD, FACC on December 12, 2015
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