Preparing For Heart Surgery
Here are the answers
to a few of the most common questions you may have if your doctor has
told you that you need heart surgery. Please feel free to ask us if you
have additional questions.
What Is A Coronary Artery Bypass Or Open Heart Surgery?
Both are terms used to describe a type of surgery to either bypass blocked arteries or replace heart valves.
Will Anyone Talk To Me Or My Family
About What To Expect Before And After Surgery?
Yes. We believe a well-prepared patient and family help ease the recovery phase. Florida Heart Group
nurses and cardiovascular surgery nurses will talk with you one-on-one
to explain what to expect before and after surgery. The hospital also
has educational TV channels for in-room teaching. Prior to your
discharge, our nurses will arrange for you and your family to attend a
cardiac rehabilitation class. Then the nurse will go over the
information with you again and answer any questions prior to your
leaving the hospital.
How Long Will I Be In The Hospital?
Although each person progresses at a different level, most patients stay in the hospital an average of 7 to 10 days.
How Uncomfortable Will I Be After Surgery?
tolerance varies from person to person. The nurses in the critical care
unit will provide pain medication to make you comfortable. Remember,
changing positions, deep breathing and walking are very important to
your healing and recovery.
When May I Return To Work?
Most people are able
to resume minimal activities, including job-related activities, within
4 to 6 weeks, depending on the type of work.
Cardiovascular diagnostic and interventional procedures may cause
unexpected problems, but serious and life-threatening problems are
unusual. Your Florida Heart Group physician will discuss the potential risks and benefits in detail so you can both decide which treatment is best for you.