*This guide is not meant to replace the information and treatment you receive from your health care provider.
Open-heart surgery is a life-changing experience; for some it may be frightening. It is normal for people to feel frightened and nervous before surgery. Many people feel less nervous when they understand why the surgery is needed and what to expect while in the hospital. Open-heart surgery is a broad term that encompasses a wide variety of procedures. The two most common are bypass and valve (repair or replacement.)
OPEN HEART SURGERY -Walking you through your hospital stay
-Pre-op visit with your surgeon
-Pre-op tests are ordered
-You and your family should begin planning for any special needs you may need after discharge from the hospital. This might include home health, or an extended care facility.
Day #1 - You will go to surgery and then to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU)
-Your breathing tube will be removed on this day.
Day #2 - Today you will be transferred to the step-down unit from ICU.
-You will be sitting in a chair to eat your meals.
-Cardiac Rehabilitation will begin your exercise therapy this morning
Day #3 - Your chest tubes and bladder catheter will be removed
-A dietitian will visit you today. Your family may wish to be present to learn about your new dietary guidelines.
-You will be walking in the hallways with assistance.
-Staples will be removed today.
-Cardiac Rehabilitation will complete your discharge instructions, outline your home-based exercise program and schedule an appointment for outpatient Cardiac