The thought of having heart surgery can be pretty scary. You may be most afraid of what you don’t know about it. Like -
- How should you prepare?
- What exactly will happen during surgery?
- How long will it take?
- What will your recovery from surgery be like?
- How long will it be before you fully recover?
- Will you ever be the same again?
- When can I return to work?
- When can I return to sex after heart surgery?
This information will answer many questions for you and your family and hopefully put some of your fears to rest. But it can’t answer all of the questions that you might have about your own heart problem and the treatment of it. Always rely on your doctor and your healthcare team for that.
If your heart problem was discovered by your primary care doctor, he has probably referred you to a heart specialist, called a cardiologist.
Following an exam and many tests, the cardiologist has recommended surgery to treat your heart problem. The cardiologist then referred you to a heart surgeon.
This booklet will let you know what to expect during your visit with the surgeon. And it will explain what will take place before, during, and after your heart surgery.
If you have already met with the surgeon, review the first part of this booklet to make sure you understand everything you need and want to know before making a final decision about having the surgery.
Remember, peace of mind is very important to your good health. Your doctors want you to have all of the facts so you can make the decision which is best for you.
- Your visit with a heart surgeon.
- Types of Open Heart Surgery.
- Getting Ready for Open Heart Surgery.
- Your Hospital Admission for Open Heart Surgery.
- On the Road to Recovery After Open Heart Surgery.
- Possible Problems After Open Heart Surgery – when to call the doctor.