Before Heart Surgery
After being diagnosed with a heart disease, such as coronary artery disease (heart disease), aortic valve disease, mitral valve disease, or tricuspid valve disease, you likely will have a meeting with a cardiothoracic surgeon to discuss your treatment options.
He/she will describe the operative procedure, including the risks and benefits and other potential options. It is also likely that someone from his/her office, such as a physician assistant or nurse practitioner will describe the postoperative course in more detail.
The more you know about your operation and what to expect in the first few days after, the smoother your recovery will be. Don't hesitate to ask questions, so that you are comfortable with your decisions going into the operation.
If you are working, be sure that your employer knows that you will be absent for up to 6 weeks after surgery and make any necessary arrangements for disability.
Make sure to arrive at the designated location at your hospital on time. Though there may be a significant waiting period before you are actually taken to the operating room, you don’t want your operation delayed because you are late.
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