Prior to Your Surgery

  • Your medical history will be taken.
  • Blood tests, EKG, Chest X-ray and other preoperative testing will be obtained.
  • You will meet with the cardiac surgeon and anesthesiologist to discuss your surgery and obtain consent.
  • If you are having heart valve surgery, you may be advised to see your dentist prior to surgery.
  • You will be instructed on any medications you can or cannot take the day of surgery. Please bring all medication bottles that you are currently taking with you to your preadmission testing.
  • Let your doctor know if you are experiencing any new health problems such as a fever, sore throat, cold or flu.
  • Your insurance company may require preauthorization for your procedure.? Please contact them to find out if this is necessary.
  • The preadmission testing department will contact you the day before surgery to tell you what time to arrive and where you will need to go.

Day of Admission

  • Please leave all valuables such as money and jewelry at home. Glasses and dentures should be given to your family for safe keeping during your surgery.
  • You will have nothing to eat or drink the morning of the surgery.
  • You will take any medications as previously directed with a small sip of water.
  • Your family can remain with you while you are in the admitting area prior to surgery.
  • An intravenous catheter will be inserted in your arm so you can receive medications.
  • To help you relax you may receive medication before going into the operating room.
  • Your family will be directed to the family waiting area. They will be contacted when your surgery is over.

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