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EVH can help you recover faster after coronary artery bypass graft ("bypass" or "CABG") surgery.

After Your Surgery

Once your surgery is finished, you will go to either a recovery room or the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). Specially trained nurses will monitor your recovery closely.

  • You may have a breathing tube until you can breathe on your own
  • After the tube is removed, you will be asked to cough and do deep breathing exercises; this keeps your lungs clear
  • Your heart rate and rhythm will be monitored
  • A catheter will be in your bladder for a period of time after surgery
  • You will be encouraged to move

Leaving the Hospital

The length of time that you will be in the hospital depends on the type of procedure performed and your individual speed of recovery. Your surgeon will give you an estimate of how many days you will be in the hospital.

When You Return Home

Before you leave the hospital, you will receive instructions about what to do when you are at home. These instructions may include:

  • Instructions for your follow-up appointments
  • A list of your medications and instruction on how to take your medication
  • When you will be able to shower and any special precautions to take
  • Observing your incisions for redness, swelling, or fluid drainage
  • Breathing exercises and coughing to keep your lungs clear
  • Walking and lifting instructions and restrictions
  • Resting when you feel tired
  • Contacting your doctor if your pain is not tolerable or if you have questions