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Before Your Heart Surgery

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Now let's discuss what will happen prior to your procedure.
Please let your doctor know beforehand, if you are currently taking aspirin, blood thinners, pain medicine like Motrin or Advil or other prescription medications, as some of these may need to be stopped at least seven days before the procedure. Therefore, it is always helpful to have a list of your medications with you or to have someone else bring one if you are already in the hospital. Smoking will also need to be stopped.
Your doctor will discuss your medical history and any other current medical conditions, including allergies. Make sure to let your healthcare provider know if you have allergies to latex, iodine, Betadine, seafood, soybeans or any medications such as penicillin.
Depending on your situation, you may undergo other tests prior to your surgery. Your healthcare provider will explain the specific purpose of each test.
You will also be given specific instructions as to where and when to arrive at the medical facility, how to prepare for your surgery and what to expect the day of and the days following your surgery.
The night before your surgery, you will be asked not to eat or drink anything after midnight.
Heart surgery is performed in the hospital and the average hospital stay is 4 to 7 days however, it is possible that you could stay longer. Your healthcare providers will inform you and your family of your progress as you recover.


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