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What to Expect

  • Cardiac surgery, like most surgeries, will require pre-op screening with lab tests, X-rays, and often imaging studies.
  • Food and liquid intake will likely be curtailed prior to the procedure.
  • The day of surgery often begins early with an intake evaluation by the operating room nursing team, the anesthesiology team and the cardiac surgical team.
  • Medications may or may not be continued up to the time of surgery.
  • Parents are allowed to be with their child until just before he or she goes into the operating room.
  • During the course of the operation – which can take a few to several hours – families are updated regularly and frequently.