Cardiac Surgery: What to Expect

These printable slides summarize what you need to know before surgery and throughout your recovery as well as providing details about the care you will receive.

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Inova Heart & Vascular Institute: Day of Surgery Videos

Let Inova Heart & Vascular Institute help you be informed and ready for your pre- and post-surgery experience with videos featuring Inova doctors and patients. (Back to Patient Information)

Pre-surgery: Arrival and Pre-op Procedures

Information about parking, where to go, the registration process, and pre-op procedures. Also included is useful information for the person accompanying you to the hospital: family waiting area, dining options, what to expect during and after your procedure.


After Your Surgery: Recovery Steps, Pain Management and More

When your surgical procedure is finished, you will receive care in our CVICU (Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit) and then our cardiovascular step-down unit. This video explains how your plan of care is determined, what you will experience regarding post anaesthesia procedures and monitoring, and how the Inova team will provide systematic recovery care to ensure optimal recovery.