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Your doctor took a vein or artery from another part of your body to create a detour, or bypass, around an artery that was blocked and could not bring blood to your heart. Your surgery was done through an incision (cut) in your breastbone. Your breastbone was reconnected with wire, and your skin was closed with stitches. You also had an incision made in your leg or arm, where the vein used for the bypass was taken from.
After surgery, it takes 4 to 6 weeks to completely heal and start feeling better. It is normal to:
You should have someone to stay with you in your home for at least the first 1 to 2 weeks.
Learn how to check your pulse, and check it every day. Do the breathing exercises you learned in the hospital for 4 to 6 weeks. Shower every day, washing the incision gently with soap and water. Do NOT swim, soak in a hot tub, or take baths until your incision is completely healed. Follow a heart-healthy diet.
If you feel depressed, talk with your family and friends. Ask your doctor about getting help from a counselor.
Continue to take all your medications for your heart, diabetes, high blood pressure, or any other conditions you have.
Know how to respond to angina symptoms.
Stay active during your recovery, but be sure to start slowly.
Do not drive for at least 4 to 6 weeks after your surgery. The twisting involved in turning the steering wheel may pull on your incision. Ask your doctor when you may return to work, and expect to be away from work for about 6 to 8 weeks.
Do not travel for at least 2 or 4 weeks. Ask your doctor when travel is okay. Ask your doctor before starting sexual activity again. Usually it is okay after 4 weeks.
For the first 6 weeks after your surgery, you must be careful how you use your arms and upper body when you move.
Brushing your teeth is okay, but do not do other activities that keep your arms above your shoulders for any period of time. Keep your arms close to your sides when you are using them to get out of bed or a chair. You may bend forward to tie your shoes. Always stop if you feel pulling on your breastbone.
Your doctor or nurse will tell you how to take care of your chest wound.
If you had a cut or incision on your leg:
Call your doctor if:
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