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FAQ'S - After Bypass Surgery

a) When can I take bath?

Once the dressing on you chest operation site is removed and operation wound site is healthy patient can take bath after taking advice from the doctor.

b) When can I start climbing staircase?

If there is an elevator there is no need to climb staircase just for the sake of exercising. If there no elevator, you can climb staircase as soon you are discharged from the hospital. While climbing, pace yourself. Take rest after every
10 - 12 steps and the restart climbing during the first week after the discharge. As your capacity increases there is no restriction on climbing steps, as long as you run out of breaths.

c) When can I drive on my own?

It is wise to wait for 2 months after your surgery, before driving on your own. Before starting please consult with your surgical team. This is the amount of time it takes for the healing of your sternum (breast bone), which was cut open during surgery. Any chance injury, with the steering wheel can cause damage if driving is started too early.

d) Can I travel by car?

Yes. You may travel by car as soon as you are discharged. However, for the first few weeks, it is advisable to restrict the driving time, to less than two hours. If the drive is going to be longer, then you should take a break every two hours and walk around for a few minutes.

e) Should I be 'speaking less' during my recovery period?

There is no reason for you to 'speak less' after surgery. However, during the first few days of your recovery, you might feel short of breath on speaking for a long period of time. If so, your body is telling you to rest, and you may keep silent for some time.

f) When can I go back to work?

We generally advise patients to wait for at least 1-2 months after surgery before returning to work. However, each individual is different and some people may be able to return sooner. Please consult with your doctor before returning to work.

g) What about the old blockages in the arteries, will they remain?

The blockages which are present in the arteries remain as they were. The 'graft' which provides the 'new blood supply' is connected below your old blockages, thereby providing adequate blood to the heart muscle.

h) After my surgery, why do I still get a pain in my chest?

To perform your surgery, your chest-bone was cut open and stitched together after surgery. It is quite normal to feel some pain or altered sensations in your chest region for a few months after surgery. However, this pain will be different from the pain of 'angina' which you might have experienced before surgery.

i) What are the restrictions after Bypass surgery?

For the first 3 months after surgery, avoid swimming, driving, sex, breath holding exercise and yoga. This is because your heart at times may be irritable and sensitive. It may lead to heart beat irregularity and may if life threatening.