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How painful is bypass surgery recovery?

Bypass surgery is a painful surgery, since it is a major procedure that involves the re-routing the blood flow to the heart.  During the surgery, and usually for a relatively short time afterward, the patient is sedated on a ventilator and does not feel pain.  As the patient is weaned off the ventilator, he is more awake, and the pain medicine given during the surgery starts to wear off.

There are oral and intravenous pain medications available that will help the patient stay comfortable, but not sedate the patient excessively.  Pain control is important to enable the patient to ambulate without distress.  Pain medications include anti-inflammatory medicine as well as narcotics.  These should all be used sparingly as needed.  The patient will usually have pain at the incision site for a number of weeks, which should decrease with activity and time.

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