You will be asleep during the procedure. The anesthesiologist who will administer your anesthesia will meet with you prior to surgery to discuss any allergies, concerns about medication and pain management following surgery. Bring a list of all your current medications. This will assist the anesthesiologist in planning your care.

The length of the operation varies according to the number of bypass grafts required. It can take anywhere from 2 to 6 hours. Your surgeon will be able to provide you with a better estimate based on your selected treatment.

After Surgery

After surgery, you may go into a cardiac surgery recovery room, or Intensive Care Unit (ICU) where the medical team will closely monitor you. Your friends or family can visit briefly while you are in recovery. You may stay here overnight or be transferred to another unit.

A breathing tube is placed during surgery. If the breathing tube is still in your mouth when you wake up, it will be uncomfortable. It will be removed when you are awake enough to cough and breathe deeply, usually between 1 to 6 hours. In some cases, the tube may be removed in the operating room. The nurses and staff will help you communicate during this time.

Beating Heart Bypass Surgery