Thank you for your posts. I had open MALS procedure January 25/19. Required bypass and graft. 6 days post op, a double sneeze landed me back in e.r. Thankfully, bypass and graft were intact. Discharged to a SNF. I can eat food (yay!) Slow, bland, small amounts. Surgical site is very sensitive, gas pains are intense, back pain is equally intense. I have post op appointment on Monday with Vascular surgeon. I am hoping to get discharged from SNF next week. I think I will feel more comfortable at home. (I must conquer climbing stairs before I can go home) May I ask how long your incision was painful? Did you experience gas pains? Treatment? Which pain medication, other than narcotics worked for you? Any contributors, suggestions, recommendations are greatly appreciated. Much thanks. Be well!