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Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG)

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) - Diagnosis

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) - Post-surgery care

Bypass surgery aims to return patients to gainful employment, or active retirement with a restored sense of well-being. You will have to continue to invest in changes that maintain this gain. You must comply with prescribed medication, smoking cessation, weight control, and adhere to a diet low in salt, fat and cholesterol.

Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Preventive Cardiology (CVR & PC) Programme
You are encouraged to attend the Cardiovascular Rehabilitation & Preventive Cardiology Programme that will enable, encourage and assist you on the road to recovery.

How long is the period of convalescence?
An uncomplicated hospital stay may last a week, whilst your surgical wounds will completely heal between six weeks to two months.

How many incisions will I have?
A midline incision on the chest, with a forearm and leg incisions depending on the extent of surgery is the norm. Newer techniques using ‘key hole’ surgery are available for selected patients.

How long will I be off work?
It depends on the nature of your work. A sedentary worker can return to his/her desk-job by four to six weeks. Those performing manual labour, especially requiring upper body strength could return after three months. Some may not be able to return to their former jobs.

Must I change my lifestyle?
Coronary bypass surgery aims to enable patients to gainful employment, or active retirement with a restored sense of well-being. You will have to continue to invest in changes that maintain this gain. You must comply with prescribed medication, smoking cessation, weight control, and adhere to a diet low in salt, fat and cholesterol.

Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) - Other Information

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