Preparing for Cardiac Surgery

Before heading into surgery, we want you to know as possible about your heart condition and treatment options. Each video segment below discusses a different part of your experience in a cardiac operating room. Hear firsthand from our heart specialists on what you can expect before, during and after surgery. As always, your heart team is available to answer any questions in person and discuss your specific procedure in greater detail.

Before Surgery

After you and your surgeon have made the decision to have surgery, you will work with the professionals in our PREP (Patient Readiness and Evaluation Program) Center in person or via phone to make sure that you are OK to undergo surgery.

Same-Day Surgery

A team of clinical professionals will prepare you for surgery once you arrive the day of your surgery. They will make sure we have all necessary information on you and your clinical condition to ensure your safety.

Day of Surgery Arrival

The Healing Garden is where your family will wait and be cared for during your surgical procedure.

Preparing Resources for Surgery

Having the correct and sterile supplies, instruments and equipment our surgical team needs in order to make your surgery successful is critical. The professionals in the Central Sterile Processing Department and the Perioperative Distribution Center make sure this happens every day for every patient.

Perfusion Program

Sometimes when your surgeon works on your heart, your blood must be oxygenated by heart/lung machines. Perfusionists are specially trained, certified professionals who run and maintain these machines and are part of the cardiac surgical team.

Radiology Technicians

Radiology techs work in the OR. They are specially trained to operate mobile X-ray machines, C-arms (used for fluoroscopic imaging) and angiography machines in the OR. This provides our patients with the latest technology during their surgical procedures.


We have a pharmacy located in the OR to ensure that the clinical teams have timely access to all medications required during your surgical experience.

Post-Operative Care

After your cardiac surgery you will go to the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit for recovery. Here you will be cared for by a team of professionals including cardiac-trained physician intensivists, trained nurses and patient care technicians.

For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-492-5538.