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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: How to Prepare - Topic Overview


What to bring to the hospital

  • Identification
  • Contact and emergency information
  • Insurance information
  • Essential items, including glasses, hearing aids, dentures, or other personal items that you need to function
  • Comfortable clothes that are easy to put on and take off to wear to and from the hospital

WhatNOTto bring to the hospital

  • Anything valuable
  • Personal care items

(The hospital will usually provide you with shampoo, conditioner, soap, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, and shaving equipment.)

Items you can bring if you want

  • Entertainment such as magazines or books to pass the time before and after surgery
  • A robe
  • Cosmetics

The day of your surgery

Plan to arrive several hours before your CABG surgery begins. Several more tests and administrative tasks must be done before you are ready for surgery. For more information, see the topic Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: When You Arrive at the Hospital.

What to think about

When you prepare for your CABG surgery, you can take an active role. By asking questions and educating yourself, you can take control of your experience. In your weeks of recovery after your surgery, you will be glad that you did.


WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

Last Updated: April 05, 2012
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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