Bypass Surgery Recovery
Heart by pass surgery is a very serious, though common operation. Once your operation is over, there are still many things to be done to make sure operation is a long term success. It begins in the recovery room.
After surgery, the patient will be taken to the recovery room where they will receive constant monitoring and be carefully watched by the nursing staff until they awaken from anesthesia. In some surgeries drugs are given to wake them up after surgery. To prevent any unnecessary stress, the heart patient is usually allowed to wake up on their own. Until the time the patient comes out from under anesthesia, the ventilator will remain in use to make sure there is no probable with breathing. Once the patient is awake, the ventilator will be removed and the patient will be closely monitored to see if they can breath on their own. If they are having difficulty, the breathing tube will be resubmitted until they are able to comfortably breathe without its aid.
Before leaving the hospital, you will be given some rehabilitation exercises that will begin as soon as you are out of surgery. This will probably be just sitting up in the bed for awhile. Once you are able to do this with no problems you will be asked to start walking. You will be helped and closed watched until the staff is sure you are capable of doing it on your own.
Another thing the doctors and nursing staff will do before you leave is show you how to dress the wounds of your incisions. They will also give you a list of things to do and not to do. Once you leave you are on your own to do them. If you want your operation to have long term benefits you should follow them to the letter.
Once you have returned home you will have pain for a few days. This is normal. Your doctor will give you a prescription for pain medication before you leave the hospital. It may be a good idea for the first few nights to be sure and take the prescribed amount before going to bed. Your body has just experienced a major trauma and although the prescribed exercise is needed, so is your rest.
Until the time they are healed, great care should be given to keep your incisions clean and dry to help prevent infections. When cleaning the wound use only unscented soap and warm water. Do not use very hot or very cold. Do not apply any kind of salves or ointments to your wound until instructed by your physician. Be sure and softly pat dry your wound after cleaning. If your incision appears to be opening, is red or warm, or has drainage, call your physician for further instructions.
As the days go by, gradually increase your activity and exercise, but don't get carried away. It is very important that you do not try to lift, push, or pull any heavy objects (heavy objects in this case being no more than 10 or 15 pounds, which is not very much ) for at least a month. Do not drive a car for at least six weeks. Your breast bone is still susceptible to injury and the smallest of accidents could send you back to the hospital. Your bypass surgery recovery will be a slow one; do not try to speed it up.
For the first few weeks you will probably have swelling in your legs. Do not let this prevent you from carrying on your exercise program, but went at rest, prop your legs up with some pillows so they are above your heart. This will help. When doing your exercise program, if you feel tired, take a break. Spread your exercise activities throughout the day. Do not try to do them all in a close time frame.
To help your heart and body recover, you need to be sure to eat a healthy diet. You will be given a list of things that are best for you to eat and things that you should not eat. For the first week or two it is very normal to have virtually no appetite. This will pass, but in the meantime you must replenish your body. You do not have to be on the normal three meals a day schedule. For the time being, instead of three large meals, just eat numerous small ones. Once your appetite has returned, carefully consider your diet and eating habits. If you are overweight or had a high cholesterol, high fat diet, it is time for a change. It is very probable these eating habits are what put you in the hospital. Why would you want to do it again?
People who have just had major surgeries of any kind, often get depressed. Try to find something to get your mind off your problems. Visit with friends and do something you enjoy as long as you don't over do it. Keep in mind that depression is normal for all individuals in your situation, and that as your body recovers, so will your mental attitude.
If you smoked before your surgery, stop. It was a major factor in putting you in your present condition, and a sure way to do away with the long term benefits your surgery hoped to accomplish. Why would you go through all of this, just to return to living the same lifestyle you had before it happened. A healthy heart means a healthy diet and a healthy lifestyle.
For the most part, bypass surgery recovery depends on the patient and the care they give their body after the surgery is over. Your doctor or nurse can not stand over your shoulder and say do this or do that. It is all up to YOU.