Heart Surgery Guide: What to Expect

Now that you or your child has been scheduled for heart surgery, we wanted to take this opportunity to help you understand what to expect before, during and after the procedure. We realize that surgery for you or your child is an experience that involves and affects the entire family. We understand that as a patient/parent, you want only the best. That’s why every aspect of the care we deliver focuses on our commitment to quality clinical service, safety and convenience while addressing unique emotional needs.

This information will be a great reference for you during your hospital stay. In addition, always know you can ask your health care provider any questions you may have. The health and comfort of our patients and families are always our first priority.

Heart Surgery Guide: Before Surgery


Questions before surgery are easier to answer with the right information. What to tell a child about an operation depends on his or her age, emotional maturity and coping abilities.

Heart Surgery Guide: Day of Surgery

Day of Surgery

From what to bring and where to go, to what happens when your child is in the operating room, we answer your questions about surgery day.

Heart Surgery Guide: After Surgery


Learn what happens immediately after your child leaves the operating room and recovers in our Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit (CTICU).

Heart Surgery Guide: Discharge Day and Care at Home

Discharged: Time to Go Home

Many parents are nervous about taking their child home. This is perfectly normal and knowing what to expect will help make the transition easier.