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Preparing for beating heart bypass surgery involves stopping smoking, arranging transportation, and communicating with your healthcare provider about your medications and allergies. The procedure requires an overnight stay, and it is common for people to stay in the hospital for a few days following the operation. You might also need to undergo certain tests when preparing for beating heart bypass surgery.

Preparing for Beating Heart Bypass Surgery: An Overview

There are some things that you should be aware of as you are preparing for your beating heart bypass surgery (also known as off-pump bypass surgery).
Let your doctor know beforehand if you are currently taking aspirin, blood thinners, pain medicine like Motrin® or Advil®, or other prescription medications, as some of these may need to be stopped at least seven days before the procedure. It is always helpful to have a list of your medications with you or to have someone else bring one if you are already in the hospital. Smoking will also need to be stopped.
Your doctor will discuss your medical history and any other current medical conditions, including allergies. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have allergies to:
  • Latex
  • Iodine
  • Betadine®
  • Seafood
  • Soybeans
  • Medications such as penicillin.
Depending on your situation, you may undergo other tests prior to your surgery. Your healthcare provider will explain the specific purpose of each test.
Off-pump bypass surgery is performed on an inpatient basis, which means you will stay in the hospital after the procedure. Some people also need to stay overnight before the heart bypass surgery.
Your healthcare provider should give you specific instructions, telling you where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for beating heart bypass surgery, and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery. You will be asked to not eat or drink anything for at least eight hours before your procedure.
Most people stay in the hospital for about three to five days after the operation, but some people need to stay longer. You may want to have someone drive you to the hospital and help you get settled in. Since you won't be able to drive for some time after your procedure, be sure to also arrange for someone to drive you home when you leave the hospital.
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