Day of Heart Surgery
Be sure to arrive promptly, and try to get to the hospital a few minutes before you are scheduled to arrive.
It is a good idea to have mapped out your route to the hospital, anticipating traffic or other delays which might make you late. It also is important to know the right location in the hospital to check in. Hospitals can be large and have confusing floorplans. Most hospitals have greeting areas with hospital representatives who will direct you to the right place.
Family members are usually allowed to stay with you and meet the anesthesiologist and surgical team. When you are ready for your surgery, your family will be directed to a waiting area.
Sometimes there may be additional nurses or trainees in the room, so there may be up to 10 or 15 people present during your surgery.
Your surgeon also will place temporary pacing wires on your heart muscle. These wires will help pace your heart, if your heart rate is slow after surgery. These temporary wires will be cut or removed prior to leaving the hospital.
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