For many people with a coronary artery disease, the Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery, a heart surgery that removes blocked artery and replaces it with a healthy artery, serves as a much-needed lifeline.
Many patients experience improved quality of life after a CABG. The effectiveness of the surgery depends on a lot of factors, including post-surgery recovery. Patients are highly encouraged to be under the care of a dedicated caregiver in the weeks following the heart surgery.
What are things to expect after a CABG surgery? What should you do to have a smooth recovery after your heart surgery?
As it is with any major surgery, your life will be different after your heart surgery. There are a number of physical conditions which you can expect as part of post-heart surgery recovery. These include:
In many cases, the emotional and mental aspects of post-surgery recovery weigh more heavily than the physical aspects. You should prepare yourself emotionally and mentally by getting your loved ones and family members to give you much-needed support after your heart surgery.
It is normal to feel depressed especially when you see others living a rather normal and healthy, active life. Be patient. Remember that you will get better soon.
Surround yourself with happy thoughts, read from good books, listen to uplifting music, and engage in uplifting conversations. All these will help you view your heart surgery recovery as a period to appreciate things which you were not able to do or neglect to do before when you were too busy moving about before.
After your heart surgery, continue to see your children or grandchildren. Have someone put them on your lap if your strength allows you to carry them.
Gently remind them of your chest incision so they, too, can be careful not to cause any injury. Affection from children works miracles. You don’t have to be alone. Surround yourself with loved ones who shower you with affection after your heart surgery.
If you feel overcome with depression after your heart surgery, and if any of the advice above doesn’t work, talk to your cardiologist. He may refer you to another doctor who will help you deal with your emotional and mental anxiety.
Remember, the sooner you detect depression after your heart surgery, the sooner you can get help.
Recovery after your heart surgery is a phase. Your wound will eventually heal. Your body will regain its strength. You will find enjoyment in eating again.
Bear in mind that as you do your part in living healthily – eating healthy foods, quitting smoking and drinking, and engaging in healthy physical activities – your heart surgery will give you a brand new lease on life.