PreOp Patient Education
Saturday, December 07, 2019

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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft

(CABG off-pump)


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Your doctor understands that all medical care benefits from close collaboration between physician and patient -- so be sure to review, with your doctor, all risks and alternatives and make sure you understand the reasons behind the recommendation for this particular procedure.

Now let's talk in detail about the procedure your doctor has recommended. That particular recommendation was based on a number of factors:

  • the state of your health,

  • the severity of your condition,

  • an assessment of alternative treatments or procedures and finally,

  • the risks associated with doing nothing at all.

And remember, the final decision is up to you. No one can force you to undergo a surgical procedure against your will.

In most coronary bypass cases, the alternatives to surgery have either already been attempted ...
... or have been ruled out by the patient's physical condition.
There are many less invasive methods of increasing blood flow through diseased coronary arteries, including drugs, balloon angioplasty and stent insertion.
All of these methods attempt to reopen coronary arteries without having to resort to major heart surgery.
Most likely, your doctor has recommended this procedure because he or she believes that in this case, surgery is in your best interest.
Should you decide not to have surgery, the consequences can be severe. If the condition of your coronary arteries continues to worsen, you will almost certainly face increased fatigue, chest pain and even a heart attack leading to death.
While it is true that a coronary bypass is major surgery, don't make a decision to ignore your doctor's recommendations simply out of anxiety or fear.
Make sure to discuss all of your options with your doctor. Don't be afraid to share all of your concerns. And above all, don't hesitate to ask questions.
Now I'd like to introduce you to another important member of the medical team -- the nurse.

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