Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Your Medical Team - Topic Overview
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