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How long do I need to wait after a CABG operation to fly?

How long do I need to wait after a CABG operation to fly?

2 weeks: There is no medical reason not to fly after CABG other than it is uncomfortable and you don't want to be in an airplane and having a complication, ie rapid heart rate, drainage from an incision, or having chest pain even though it is likely just incision pain. Also, you will not be able to carry a suitcase. If you must fly, i allow it at 2 weeks after office visit. Better to wait 6-8 weeks. ...Read more

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Dr. Creighton Wright
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Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (Definition)

The heart has 3 main arteries that supply its needed blood flow. When blockages in these arteries form then chest pain, shortness of breath, and heart attacks can occur. Coronary artery bypass is 1 method of treatment. Veins and arteries are used to go around the blockages. These are sewn in before and after the blockages in ...Read more


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How long is someone kept sedated after CABG surgery?

How long is someone kept sedated after CABG surgery?

Depends: Usually at least a few hours, although some times we can 'fast track' a patient and wake them up in the or. If the patient is in a more precarious medical situation from underlying medical problems or a difficult surgery, they will be kept sedated until they are stable and able to be safely extubated. ...Read more

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Dad had CABG surgery 1 year ago and seems to be fine. Are there any problems with flying for him -- or can he fly without concern?

S/p CABG: Only problems with flying would be if he were a pilot. Would need cardiac eval including stress test. A normal plane passenger - ok to fly if clinically stable. ...Read more

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I read "grafts last 8 – 15 yrs, then need to be replaced" for CABG pts. Does this mean pts need another surgery in 8-15 yrs? How long do grafts last?

I read "grafts last 8 – 15 yrs, then need to be replaced" for CABG pts. Does this mean pts need another surgery in 8-15 yrs? How long do grafts last?

Quite variable: Depends on intial disease, depends on type of grafts depends on technique to a degree depends on secondary risk modification: stop smoking, diet, cholesterol, BP and exercize behavior. Yes, we can do reoperations for proper clinical findings, symptoms, and anatomy. ...Read more

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Hi dr how long does it take for my breast bone to heal after a CABG surgery ?

Hi dr how long does it take for my breast bone to heal after a CABG surgery ?

CABG: The breast bone will take a minimum of 6 weeks to heal solidly. Generally I advise my patients to give it more time than that before doing exercise that can stress the line healing. At least 8 weeks is probably prudent to be conservative. Usually it doesn't hurt for the whole 6 weeks however. Generally the pain is significantly decreased by two weeks. ...Read more

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Hi dr does the breast bone heal after a CABG surgery and how long does it take ?

Hi dr does the breast bone heal after a CABG surgery and how long does it take ?

Scar formation: The breast bone heals after being split by mediansternotomy by a combination of scar formation and fixation by wires or whatever is used in closure. For most patients the healing time is in the range of 4-8 weeks depending on age and other factors. We usually recommend at least 6 weeks before starting any major exercise or rigorous activity involving the arms or shoulders for this reason. ...Read more

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I had heart surgery (CABG+MVR) in Oct 2013.Taking warfarin.Current INR 2.1.How long should I monitor INR, take warfarin and avoid green leafy vegs?

I had heart surgery (CABG+MVR) in Oct 2013.Taking warfarin.Current INR 2.1.How long should I monitor INR, take warfarin and avoid green leafy vegs?

MVR: Mvr could be repair or replacement that's why we try to avoid abbreviations if repair, may be a few months. Depending on replacement choice could be 3 months or if a mechanical valve could be for life! ...Read more

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What keeps you alive during heart operations like cabg?

What keeps you alive during heart operations like cabg?

Heart lung machine: There are two common ways to perform bypass surgery. Beating heart surgery can be done without stopping the heart by using stabilizers. The patients heart supports the patient. The heart lung machine allows the heart to be stopped so surgery can be performed in or on a motionless heart without blood interfering. ...Read more

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I'm diabetic tipe 2, planning to do CABG, what the highest value for a random blood sugar that does not cause side effects when in operation CABG?

I'm diabetic tipe 2, planning to do CABG, what  the highest value for a random blood sugar that does not cause side effects when in operation CABG?

Blood sugar and CABG: Do not worry - the team will carefully evaluate and optimize your blood sugar before, during, and after CABG. This is a common issue and the team knows how to care for it very well. ...Read more