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516 Lakeview Road, Villa 5
Clearwater, FL 33756
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Before Minimally Invasive Heart SurgeryAntes de una operaci³n m­nimamente invasiva del coraz³n

Before Minimally Invasive Heart Surgery

The day of your bypass or valve surgery, a patient educator or a nurse may talk with you and your loved ones. He or she can tell you what to expect. You'll most likely feel a little nervous before surgery. The hospital staff will do all they can to answer your questions and help you relax.

 Preparing for Surgery

  • Tell your doctor what medications you're taking, especially aspirin or an anticoagulant, sometimes called a "blood thinner." Ask if you should stop taking them.

  • If you smoke, stop now to improve your blood flow and breathing.

  • Don't eat or drink anything after midnight the night before surgery.

  • The anesthesiologist is the doctor who gives you anesthesia. It keeps you asleep and free of pain during surgery. He or she will talk to you about this before your surgery.

  • Any hair in an incision area may be removed. You may also be asked to wash with an antibacterial soap the morning of surgery.

  • If you are having valve surgery and need dental work, you may be told to have it done before surgery. This is because dental work can let bacteria enter the bloodstream, which may cause infection around a new valve.

Possible risks and complications of minimally invasive heart surgery are:

  • Lung complications

  • Severe bleeding

  • Infection

  • Nerve injury

  • Damage to bones and muscles

  • Problems due to anticoagulant therapy (if you had valve surgery)

  • Heart attack, stroke, or death

  • Problems with your heart's rhythm, requiring medications or a pacemaker

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-01-15T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2010-01-07T00:00:00-07:00

 

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I was diagnosed with persistent AFIB several months ago. I found Dr. Norris by a referral from another physician. Dr. Norris scheduled me for a cardiac ablation without delay. He thoroughly explained the procedure, risks and benefits prior to the procedure. Dr. Norris and his staff exhibited exceptional professionalism and interest in resolving my AFIB. One month post-op I am rhythm and feel great. Thank you Dr. Norris and staff. I truly feel like I have my life back again.
-Ken Afienko

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