Patients are admitted the day prior to the procedure. It is advised that platelet agents like Plavix are stopped one week prior if possible.
Cardiac risk assessment and evaluation by the anesthesia team is undertaken prior to the operation. Following the procedure the patient is routinely monitored in the ICU for 6 hours for blood pressure surveillance and control.
A surgical drain during surgery and is removed the following day.
The hospital stay lasts for 1-2 days after which the patient returns for outpatient follow up in one week.
At one month a repeat duplex Ultrasound is performed to check the surgery site and to make sure that the artery is open with no residual blockage.