Day of Surgery

Q: How long will the operation take?

A: The operation itself usually takes 3 to 5 hours, but preparation for surgery, administration of anesthesia, and preparation for the transfer to the Cardiothoracic Intensive Care Unit, or CTICU, extends the time in the operating room to 4 to 6 hours. In the operating room, time is required to insert intravenous lines and set up other equipment to monitor body functions and keep them functioning smoothly during surgery.

Q: How will my family know when the surgery is completed?

A: While the operation is in progress, your family can wait in the hospital waiting room (4th floor of the Milstein Hospital Building) or leave a telephone number where they can be reached. When the surgery is completed your surgeon will contact your family and inform them of your condition.

Q: Where will I be when I wake up?

A: Following surgery you will be brought to the CTICU, where you will remain for approximately 12 to 48 hours. Subsequently, you will be moved to either the Stepdown Unit or a regular bed on the surgical floor (7 Hudson North). The CTICU is located on the 4th floor of the Milstein Hospital Building.

Q: When will I be able to see my family?

A: Once you have been moved to the CTICU for recovery after surgery and comfortably settled, your family will be allowed in for a brief visit. It is recommended that your family not skip meals before visiting in order to maintain their well-being during the time you are in the CT Intensive Care Unit.

Q: What are the visiting hours?

A: CTICU: 11:00 am to 6:30 pm and 8:00 pm–10:00 pm.
General Surgical Floor and Stepdown (5 Hudson North or 7 Hudson North): 12 noon–8:00 pm

Q: How should my family communicate with the health care team?

A: It is beneficial to designate one family member or friend to maintain communication with your surgeon and the healthcare team. This will enhance the flow of information and decrease the chance for miscommunication.