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Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery: Your Medical Team - Topic Overview

Anesthesiology team

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.

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.


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.

This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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