Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions to Ask Before By-pass Surgery

Bypass surgery is a major procedure and it is extremely important for you to understand what it entails. Here are some questions which you ought to discuss with your surgeon prior to the surgery.

  • Will the surgery be done by using arterial grafts or venous grafts?
  • Will the surgery be done off-pump, also called ‘beating heart surgery’ or will a cardio-pulmonary bypass machine be used?
  • What is the risk involved in the surgery?
  • If I do not choose to do surgery, what options do I have, and what are the pros and cons of the alternative options?
  • How long will I have to stay in the ICU? How long will my hospital stay be?
  • Will I have to be given a blood transfusion during or after the surgery?