Mitral Valve Surgery
Pre-Operative Frequently Asked Questions
Do I need to have any tests before my surgery?
In most cases, yes. Pre-admission testing typically includes blood work, an electrocardiogram and a chest x-ray, and should be performed three to ten days before the procedure. Your surgeon will tell you which tests you need and help you schedule them. If you have any questions, you can also call the Pre-Admission Testing Center at (212) 241-0714.
What should I bring to the Hospital?
Be sure to bring a list of medications (including herbal remedies and over-the-counter drugs) that you take on a regular basis and a list of any known allergies, as well as your insurance cards and any correspondence with your insurance company regarding your admission. If you have been asked to make a deposit, please bring the deposit with you, too.
Also bring personal items that you rely on, such as eyeglasses, hearing aids, or dentures, and any documents you may have regarding advance medical directives. We encourage you not to bring jewelry, large amounts of cash, or other valuables.
What should I do if I get sick before the procedure?
If you develop a cold, virus, sore throat, or other illness during the week before your surgery is scheduled, contact your surgeon immediately to discuss whether your surgery should proceed.
What if I need to cancel my surgery?
If you need to cancel your surgery, please notify your surgeon as soon as possible. Please note: If you need to cancel your surgery due to illness or an emergency and it is after business hours, 9am to 5pm, Monday thru Friday, or it is a weekend or holiday, you must contact the Cardiac Fellow on call or the Cardiac Physician Assistant in the CSICU, at (212) 241-7344. Please state your name, surgeon and reason for cancellation of surgery and they will notify the cardiac surgeon.
Do I need dental prophylaxis?
You will always need dental prophylaxis.
Can my family members stay with me until I go into the operating room?
Friends and family members are welcome to accompany you to the registration area on the day of surgery, but, for the safety of the patient, visitors are not permitted in the pre-operative assessment, holding, or PACU areas.
There is a Surgical Family Waiting Area, located on the second floor of the Guggenheim Pavilion, where your family/escort can stay while you are in surgery. Your surgeon will contact them when the procedure is done. Please do not bring children with you on the day of your surgery, since the wait can be very difficult for them and they will not be allowed to see you after the procedure.
The waiting area is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm in case questions arise. The number is (212) 241-7778.