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The pre-operative visit may take several hours. You may also wish to bring a family member who will be assisting with your care.
The following activities are necessary before surgery:
Blood work, EKG, urinalysis (You do not need to fast for blood work)
Meet the nurse practitioner or physician assistant
Meet the nurse coordinator
Our surgical team members will discuss your upcoming surgery and plan of care with you and your family.
The nurse coordinator will go over:
Pre-operative, peri-operative, and post-operative process of cardiac surgery
Medications to continue or stop
Diet and nutrition post-surgery
Other restrictions during your recovery
Discharge planning: Home health care, rehab, or a skilled nursing facility (SNF) as needed.
Instructions for the day of surgery
You will also get instructions for the day of surgery which include:
Location of the surgery
DO NOT EAT OR DRINK anything after midnight the night before your surgery.
Showering before your surgery
You will be required to shower with one anti-microbial soap the evening before surgery, and one anti-microbial soap on the morning of surgery before you come to the hospital. The anti-microbial soaps will be provided to you on the pre-operative day.
The Stanford Medicine Online Second Opinion program offers you easy access to our world-class doctors. It’s all done remotely and you don’t have to visit our hospital or one of our clinics for this service. You don’t even need to leave home!