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Preparing for Your Cardiac Surgery: Everything You Need to Know


We are pleased that you and your physician have chosen Inova Heart and Vascular Institute (IHVI) for your upcoming cardiac surgery. Our goal is to make your experience at IHVI as comfortable as possible. Please take time to download and read our printable guide , watch the step-by-step videos below, and note any questions or concerns you wish to discuss with your care team. If you have questions or concerns, please call 571-472-4600.

What to Expect - Printable Guide

This printable guide explains what to expect before, during and after your cardiac surgery, including details about:

  • Your care team
  • Pre-surgical instructions
  • Friends and family on day-of surgery
  • Post-op recovery and discharge
  • Pain management
  • Long term recovery and support

Cardiac Surgery: What to Expect

Pre-surgery: Arrival and Pre-op Procedures

This video explains:

  • Parking
  • Where to go when you arrive at IHVI
  • The registration process
  • Pre-op procedures
  • Family waiting area and dining options
  • What to expect during and after your procedure

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Pre-surgery: Arrival and Pre-op Procedures

Post-Surgery: Recovery Steps, Pain Management and More

This video explains:

  • How your care plan is determined
  • Post-surgery time in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
  • Transfer to the Cardiovascular Step-Down Unit
  • What to expect after anesthesia
  • Procedures and monitoring
    Pain management
  • Inova’s systematic recovery care

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Post-Surgery: Recovery Steps, Pain Management and More

Mended Hearts - Heart Surgery Support Group

Mended Hearts is a support group for heart surgery patients at Inova Alexandria Hospital and Inova Fairfax Hospital.

Please call us for more information: 703-776-8216.

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Mended Hearts Volunteers Celebrate 30-Year Anniversary
This office is open every Tues, 2nd and 4th Friday from 8am-5pm.
8081 Innovation Park Dr, #800 Inova Specialty Center Fairfax, VA 22031
Get Directions Phone: 571-472-4600 Fax: 571-665-6865

Still Have Questions?

If you still have questions about your surgery after reading our printable What to Expect guide and watching the videos on this page, please call 703-280-5858.