After coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG), patients typically spend several days in the hospital for recovery and monitoring. During this time, healthcare providers will monitor vital signs, such as heart rate and blood pressure, and ensure that the patient is able to breathe, eat, and move comfortably.
After leaving the hospital, patients will need to continue their recovery at home. They will need to follow specific instructions from their healthcare provider regarding physical activity, wound care, medications, and follow-up appointments.
Recovery after CABG can take several weeks or even months, depending on the patient's overall health and the complexity of the surgery. Some common symptoms during recovery may include fatigue, soreness, and difficulty sleeping. It's important to gradually increase physical activity and avoid strenuous activities until cleared by a healthcare provider.
Long-term management of CABG may involve lifestyle changes, such as regular exercise, a healthy diet, and not smoking, as well as medications to control high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and other risk factors for heart disease. Follow-up appointments with a healthcare provider are also important to monitor progress and make adjustments to treatment as needed.