What To Expect

What Cardiac Surgery Patients Can Expect

On the day of your cardiac surgery, you will report to the admitting office. A hospital representative will register you and collect the information needed. You will be escorted to the cardiac surgery unit. Your family members or friends will be asked to stay in the waiting area while you are being prepared for the procedure.

Once you are in the operating room, you will change into a hospital gown. A nurse will take your vital signs and begin an IV (intravenous) medication line. A cardiac surgeon will then meet with you to go over the procedure and ask you to sign a routine consent form. You will be given medication to sedate you.

All patients will have a different experience depending on the nature of their surgery and the severity of their individual condition.

Your doctor will give you more information on your surgery and recovery. If you have additional questions, please ask your surgeon or someone on our cardiac surgery team.

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