Preparing for Cardiothoracic Surgery

To learn more about your upcoming procedure and what to expect, online text, pictures, and videos are available at There you will be able to find information that will walk you through the process in a way that's easy to understand.

Pre-admission Testing

During your first appointment, a date for your surgery will be scheduled, and your pre-surgical testing will be arranged.

Following your initial consultation, you will receive a letter that confirms your pre-admission testing schedule. Bring your schedule with you when you report for testing so that we can ensure that all tests have been completed.

7 Days Before Surgery

Do not take Coumadin or Plavix at least seven days prior to surgery.

Day Before Surgery

If you are taking a beta-blocker, such as Metoprolol, Atenolol or Toprol, please take your daily dose the night before surgery.

Do not eat or drink after midnight.

Day of Surgery

When and Where to Arrive
Please arrive at Mercy Hospital at the designated time.

Take the lobby elevator to the 6th floor of Mercy Hospital. Please go to the Ambulatory Surgical Unit.

Family & Visitors
Your family will be directed to the surgical waiting room on the 3rd floor. There will be approximately a 4-6 hour wait. The cafeteria, chapel and restrooms are available on this floor.

Your surgeon or a member of their team will call your family when they are ready to update them. Your family will meet with them in the surgical waiting room on the 3rd floor.

It may be 1-2 hours after the update before your family can visit you in the Open Heart Unit, which is on the 2nd floor of Mercy Hospital. The unit nurse will review visiting hours with your family.

Postponement of Surgery
Due to the nature of our practice, there are occasionally emergency surgeries that cause us to postpone scheduled procedures. If your procedure is postponed, it will be rescheduled as soon as possible.