Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: What to Expect After You Go Home - Topic Overview
Emotional aspects of recovery
Recovering from CABG surgery means not only getting back your
physical strength but also your emotional and mental well-being. The fatigue
and pain you might be experiencing may make you feel depressed. You may:
- Have mood swings.
- Feel afraid or anxious.
- Be irritable.
- Not be able to
- Have good days and bad days.
Also, limitations on your physical activity can leave you with few
options to get out of the house and clear your head.
You should be aware that these feelings of depression are common for
people who have had major heart surgery. You may also feel lonely and envious
of other people who are living their lives without the discomfort and pain that
you are experiencing right now.
Remember that you are going to start feeling better very soon. You
are working to get back to your life—a life that may be more comfortable than
before. Your new life is one with bypassed coronary arteries and more blood
flowing to your heart. What this means for you is that you will not experience
the chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms that you had before.
It can be important to keep your family and friends around you during
your recovery. They can go on walks with you or just sit and chat. You can ask
your family or friends to put your children, grandchildren, or pets in your lap
so you can feel close to them. Even though you need to be careful of your chest
wound, you should continue to be affectionate with your family and friends.
Affection can improve your mood and make you feel less lonely.
If you think you might be depressed, talk to your doctor. The sooner you know if you are depressed, the sooner you can get treatment. Treating depression is good for your health. You doctor may refer you to another doctor who diagnoses and treats depression.
Your recovery at home after CABG surgery can be both physically and
emotionally demanding. Knowing what to expect and what you can do to help your
recovery can make it easier.