What to Expect Before Surgery

Before having bypass surgery, you will likely meet with your surgeon and anesthesiologist. They will provide instructions that will help you prepare for your operation.

You may receive instructions including:

  • Bring a list of any and all medications that you are taking—even over-the-counter medications like ibuprofen, aspirin, or vitamins and supplements
  • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight on the night before your surgery
  • Do not bring personal items such as your watch, wallet, or jewelry to the hospital—ask someone to keep them for you

Before going into the operating room, you may be given a sedative to help you relax. In the operating room, you will receive medication through an IV that will let you sleep through the surgery without feeling pain.

Your surgeon will also let you know approximately how long the operation will take.