We want you to have a greater sense of ease before your surgery. After talking with hundreds of heart surgery patients and from our own experience, we’ve collected the most requested information about the pre- and post-operative stages of your upcoming heart or breast surgery.
A note of advice: take a trusted family member or friend with you during your doctor visits and ask him or her to take notes so that you have all the important information you need to be prepared for your upcoming surgery and recovery.
Questions to Ask your Surgeon
- How urgent is the surgery?
- Is it an emergency or can it be scheduled at a later date?
- For heart surgery patients, what is my percentage of blockage?
- Are there any other procedures/treatments other than surgery?
- How long will the surgery last?
- How long will I be in the hospital?
- What can I do to improve my recovery time and rehabilitation?
Two Weeks Before Surgery
- Order your AztecHeart Post-Operative Harness or Bra. When you receive it, try it on so you know how it fits.
- Ask your doctor for complete instructions for the day and night before surgery so that you can be thoroughly prepared in advance.
- If you haven’t already, stop smoking to help improve blood flow.
- If you begin to feel ill prior to surgery (develop a cold, fever or sore throat) tell your doctor.
The Night Before Surgery
- Carefully re-read and follow your doctor’s instructions.
The Morning of Surgery
- If your doctor wants you to bathe or shower, wash from neck down with anti-bacterial soap.
- Women should remove nail polish and not wear any make-up.
- Bring all your prescription medications with you.
- Leave all valuables at home (jewelry, watches, money, etc.)
- Wear comfortable clothing with a button up the front.
- It’s very common to feel nervous before surgery. Talk to your doctor and nurses as they will be able to answer any last-minute questions you may have.
Be sure to tell your doctor what medications (prescription and/or over-the-counter) you’re taking.
Good luck with your surgery. We wish you a speedy recovery!