Preparing for Bypass Surgery Post-Op Recovery

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   Posted 5/10/2018 6:54 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello! My mother is getting ready for a triple bypass, and we're trying to prepare so that we can make her as comfortable as possible afterward. Can any of you offer any insights into what would have been helpful during your recovery? For instance, we've talked about renting an adjustable bed for her so she can be more comfortable when she returns home. And we weren't sure if she might have trouble bathing and how people have navigated that. Is there anything you can recommend based on your experiences? Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much!

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   Posted 5/11/2018 7:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello & welcome to the forum. Both my father & brother had their aortic valves replaced & a bypass done. My dad was 72 & brother was 52 years old. By all means rent a hospital bed, they are not capable of getting in & out of a regular bed. You cannot pull on them either getting them up & down, the pain created by that would be incredible. My brother tried a recliner but it was too painful trying to push the lever to get the chair to recline, so they ended up renting a bed. Her dr can write on a prescription pad the need for the bed & insurance should cover it. If you have a standing shower, a cheap small plastic lawn chair works great in the shower. Having a back & arms to rest on is great. When she wakes up after surgery she should be given a small pillow to hold against her chest when coughing or getting up & down. It will not hurt her pressing it against her chest but that light pressure will sure help her moving. My dad had a bear & my brother was given a red heart. It is real important to keep her legs elevated to keep the swelling down. Just don't let her sit for long with her legs down. It is a big surgery although a very common one. Once she is released to go home be sure she is walked in the house as the dr recommends.

Please tell her we said good luck with her surgery. Take care.
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   Posted 5/14/2018 9:40 PM (GMT -6)   
all of the above. get her to move. keep coughing called huffing- if fluid yeah it hurts, but must be done. the folded towel is good. i woke and was walking on frame staraight away. teach to get up of chair without using arms if able, gives stregth to legs. best bet is 6 week cardio rehab program. most hosp have community ctrs that do them. it is a must. got to increase walking...they teach ya. yep sit too long bad, ted stockings are bugger, need help with em. need to learn how to put em on probably. plenty of h20. kidneys regulate bp...good bp good heart. esp after triple by pass, had a double i did. short term pain meds...good. not long term. always plant ya feet first in and out chair etc, then raise. keeps postural drop at bay. ht.
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