What to Expect After CABG Surgery

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After coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG), you will be moved to the intensive care unit (ICU). You will remain in the ICU for one to two days while we monitor your heart function, blood pressure and other vital signs. In most cases, we are able to remove the breathing tube within six to eight hours of surgery.
You will then be moved to a regular hospital room. During your stay, we will give you medication to prevent blood clots and manage any other diseases, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes. Most patients are able to go home four to 10 days after surgery.
Once you are home, we advise you to:
  • Eat a heart-healthy diet
  • Get regular exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Quit smoking

For the first month after surgery, you also should not lift more than 10 pounds. This allows your breastbone to heal.


You should be able to return to work within two to three months after surgery.