Coronary artery bypass operations are common surgeries that help patients with heart conditions, lessen their symptoms and reduce the risk of heart attacks. Bypass surgeries ensure that enough blood can reach the heart when some arteries may be narrowed or blocked.
Although heart bypass surgery is a common procedure these days, the thought of any heart operation can be overwhelming, so this article aims to explain what to expect in the lead up, how you can prepare, and ease any concerns about having life-saving heart surgery.
There are several tests before a bypass operation and specific steps you should take ahead of time.
Diagnostic Tests Before a Bypass Operation
There are several necessary tests to ascertain whether you need to have a bypassoperation.
They include, but are not limited to:
- A physical examination
- An X-Ray of your heart (Coronary Angiography)
- Blood tests
- An electrocardiogram (ECG)
The consultation is a great opportunity for you to ask questions about what you should expect in the next stages of your treatment. The cardiologists will give you as much information about your operation as possible at the clinic, but feel free to use this opportunity to allay any fears you any have about next steps.
A review of your medical history will be undertaken at this time. You could expect to be asked about:
- Any medicine or tablets you might currently be taking. It can be helpful to bring the packages of such medicine with you to the appointment.
- Experience with previous anaesthetics and whether they caused any problems such as nausea
- Any allergies
- Family History
- Details of lifestyle, exercise and diet habits
Preparing for bypasssurgery
You can expect to be resting and unable to perform any strenuous tasks for a while after your surgery. That’s why it’s important to sort out important details before going to the hospital, including:
- Transport to and from the hospital
- Arrange for help at home for up to two weeks after your surgery
- Remind yourself on what the surgery involves
- Stock up on easily prepared foods, such as healthy ready meals, cans and staples.
- Prepare your home so you have everything you might need within arm’s reach, or near to the place you will be spending most of your time in recovery. This may include entertainment, medicines, phone, glasses, tissues, etc.
- Stop smoking as far ahead of the surgery as you can. Smoking can lead to chest infections, leading to complications during the surgery.
If you have questions about bypass surgery-whether you need it or what to expect if you’re already booked in for the procedure – Venturi Cardiology is happy to offer a consultation. Get in touch today to book an appointment.