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Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Your Medical Team - Topic Overview

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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.

Nursing team

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.

Perfusionist

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 surgery.

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Last Updated: April 05, 2012
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