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What to Expect from Heart Surgery
What to Expect
After you have been referred for heart surgery, a surgery scheduler will contact you:
- To schedule an appointment
- To meet with a cardiothoracic surgeon
- To discuss the type of surgery, risks, benefits, and the overall surgical process.
Once you have agreed to the surgery, we will coordinate the surgery date with you and your family based on the urgency of your surgery, your schedule, and the surgeon's schedule.
Pre-operative work up
After the surgery date is set, you will need to complete a pre-operative work up which may happen at your initial surgical consult, or on a separate day before surgery.
You will receive a package with instructions on the location and time for the pre-operative work-up if you did not get this done at your initial consult visit. If you are 75 years old or older, you may also receive information on skilled nursing facilities to help you plan in the anticipation of your discharge needs.
We will also discuss any other medications that you are taking, and if you should stop or continue them before surgery.
If you take blood thinners, you will receive instructions for when to stop taking the blood thinners. Our general guideline for when to stop blood thinners before surgery will vary on the specific type of blood thinner. Please contact us so we can assist you in stopping your blood thinner appropriately before your surgery date.