Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Your Medical Team - Topic Overview
You will probably meet one or more members of your anesthesia team
the evening before and the day of your surgery.
Your anesthesia team will give you the proper dose of general
anesthesia so that you are unconscious during the operation.
Also, the team will monitor your vital signs and correct any
changes in your blood pressure, heart rhythm, or blood oxygen levels with
adjustments to the anesthesia and medicines you are receiving.
This team will keep you comfortable during the procedure by treating
any pain associated with your CABG surgery. The team will give you medicines
through a tube inserted into a vein (intravenous, or IV).
Your anesthesia team is also responsible for making sure that you
receive enough medicine to control your pain after your surgery.
In the hours that follow surgery, a
respiratory therapist will work with the anesthesia
team and your surgeon to monitor your breathing to make sure that you continue
to receive enough oxygen through your ventilator. Your respiratory therapist
will also help you come off the ventilator as soon as possible.
The nursing team is made up of several nurses with special training
in CABG surgery. The nurses prepare you for the surgery and assist the
anesthesia team in your care during the procedure. Also, they ensure that
appropriate instruments are available and assist the surgeon with the handling
of the instruments.
The perfusionist, a certified medical technician responsible for
monitoring the heart-lung bypass machine, makes sure that the machine is
correctly doing the jobs of your heart and lungs during your CABG