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What should I expect at an outpatient visit before heart surgery?

At your presurgery visit, your care team will review your history, perform a physical exam, review your medications and allergies, and provide information on your surgery and any clinical trials that may be relevant to you. Your medical history and current state of health will be updated regularly to determine if any changes are warranted in your care plan.

You will receive detailed instructions on what studies to send to the surgeon’s office or to bring with you on the day of your appointment. It is very important for your surgeon to review these studies at your visit. Without the proper studies to review, your appointment may need to be canceled and rescheduled for a later date.
 
During your outpatient visit, you will meet your surgeon, the administrative assistant, and a nurse practitioner. You may also meet a member of the research team.

After examining your symptoms and diagnosis, a care plan will be developed based on your individual needs. Your care team will also help with the coordination of office visits and the scheduling of your surgery. Your surgery will most likely be scheduled during your outpatient visit. If your surgery is scheduled more than 30 days after your visit, you may need to return before your surgery. This will allow your care team to ensure that they have the most current information, and they will update your history and physical exam to determine whether any changes are warranted in your care plan.
 
Your care team will help you prepare for surgery and review detailed instructions that are specific to your condition, preadmission testing, medications, preoperative preparation, and expected length of stay. The length of time you will be in the hospital depends on the type of surgery you are having and other factors.
 
The day before your surgery, you will receive a call late in the day with instructions on when to come to the hospital and where to go.

In the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, your surgery may need to be postponed or canceled. Typically, in such a case, every effort is made to reschedule as soon as possible.

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