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.
This 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. They will 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. They 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
get 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. This therapist will monitor your breathing to make sure that you get enough oxygen through your ventilator. He or she
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 make sure that
the right surgical tools are available. And they assist the surgeon with the handling
of those tools.
The perfusionist is a certified medical technician responsible for
monitoring the heart-lung bypass machine. He or she makes sure that the machine is
correctly doing the jobs of your heart and lungs during your CABG