Endoscopic Saphenous Vein Harvesting

Care After

Refer to this sheet in the next few weeks. These instructions provide you with information on caring for yourself after your procedure. Your caregiver may also give you more specific instructions. Your treatment has been planned according to current medical practices, but problems sometimes occur. Call your caregiver if you have any problems or questions after your procedure.

HOME CARE INSTRUCTIONS

Medicine

  • Take whatever pain medicine your surgeon prescribes. Follow the directions carefully. Do not take over-the-counter pain medicine unless your surgeon says it is okay. Some pain medicine can cause bleeding problems for several weeks after surgery.

  • Follow your surgeon's instructions about driving. You will probably not be permitted to drive after heart surgery.

  • Take any medicines your surgeon prescribes. Any medicines you took before your heart surgery should be checked with your caregiver before you start taking them again.

Wound care

  • Ask your surgeon how long you should keep wearing your elastic bandage or stocking.

  • Check the area around your surgical cuts (incisions) whenever your bandages (dressings) are changed. Look for any redness or swelling.

  • You will need to return to have the stitches (sutures) or staples taken out. Ask your surgeon when to do that.

  • Ask your surgeon when you can shower or bathe.

Activity

  • Try to keep your legs raised when you are sitting.

  • Do any exercises your caregivers have given you. These may include deep breathing exercises, coughing, walking, or other exercises.

SEEK MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • You have any questions about your medicines.

  • You have more leg pain, especially if your pain medicine stops working.

  • New or growing bruises develop on your leg.

  • Your leg swells, feels tight, or becomes red.

  • You have numbness in your leg.

SEEK IMMEDIATE MEDICAL CARE IF:

  • Your pain gets much worse.

  • Blood or fluid leaks from any of the incisions.

  • Your incisions become warm, swollen, or red.

  • You have chest pain.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have more pain near your leg incision.

MAKE SURE YOU:

  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.