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How to Prepare Before and What to Expect After a Cardiac Surgical Procedure

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How to Prepare Before and What to Expect After a Cardiac Surgical Procedure

When it comes to cardiac surgery, anxiety just comes with the territory. It is your heart, after all, and no matter how necessary the procedure is, you are bound to be a little nervous. The best way to reduce your stress is to plan ahead, so take a look at these helpful tips provided by the experts at Cardiac Solutions!

 

Before a surgical procedure

  • Bring a friend or family member to your doctor’s appointments so you can focus on getting your questions answered while the other person can focus on writing the answers down.
  • Bring a list of any medications you are on and be honest with your doctor about any alcohol or drug abuse.
  • Ask questions, especially in regards to any special instructions you should follow the day before or the day of the surgery.
  • Prepare for your recovery period by cooking and freezing meals ahead of time, making any necessary changes to your home – like preparing a bed on the main level – to minimize physical activity, or asking a friend to stay with you for a few days afterwards to help out.
  • Ask someone to drive you home from the procedure.
  • Pack ahead of time.
  • Protect your health by avoiding exposure to illnesses, quitting smoking, and managing stress levels.
  • Follow all of your doctor’s pre-surgery instructions.

 

What to expect after a surgical procedure

The length of your hospital stay and post-surgery recovery period will depend on your condition and surgery. After your release from the hospital, you will need to keep the wound clean and dry. Talk to your doctor immediately if you notice any signs of infection (more drainage than usual, fever over 100° F, edges pulling apart, etc.). Some discomfort around the wound and in your muscles is normal, so don’t hesitate to take any pain medications prescribed by your doctor. Gradually build up your daily activity, but don’t lift or push anything heavier than 10 pounds for at least 6 – 8 weeks. Eating a healthy diet, getting enough rest, and following all of your post-procedure instructions will help promote the healing process.

 

Examples of cardiac surgical procedures

CardioMEMS ™ Heart Failure Monitoring System

This cutting-edge surgical procedure implants a sensor with microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) technology into the pulmonary artery, which wirelessly measures and monitors blood pressure and heart rate. It is the first and only FDA-approved heart failure monitor proven to significantly reduce heart failure hospital admissions and improve quality of life.

 

Watchman Left Atrial Appendage Closure Implant

The Watchman device is a FDA-approved permanent heart implant that effectively reduces the risk of stroke in people with non-valvular atrial fibrillation by closing the left atrial appendage where 90% of stroke-causing blood clots form.

 

Other common cardiac surgical procedures

  • Coronary Angiogram
  • Cryoablation for Atrial Fibrilation
  • Loop Recorder Implantation
  • Automatic Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator (AICD)
  • Venous Ablation
  • Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement (TAVR)

 

To find out more about preparing for your cardiac surgery, call 623-876-8816!

 

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