My loved one is having heart surgery. What should I ask the surgeon?
One of the most common questions asked in our caregiver support group is, "We are meeting with the surgeon soon. What questions should I ask?" Regardless of whether you received a prenatal diagnosis or a surprise birth diagnosis, not much prepares you for the days and moments before and during procedures. Showing up to appointments feeling like you've prepped brings a little piece of comfort during a very stressful time. And although there are countless forms of CHD and every case is unique, our caregiver support group always provides excellent questions that can apply to all. Here are some of their answers:
-What specifically will this procedure accomplish?
-How long can I expect this procedure to last?
-How long can I expect for recovery?
-How long can we expect to be in the hospital?
-What can I expect immediately after the procedure? (Understand the types of machines, support, and devices your loved one may need or be hooked up to)
-What should I expect during recovery? Holding and caring for my loved one?
- Who will be allow to be at the hospital with us and who can visit after surgery?
- How many times have you done this type of repair?
- Who will be part of my loved ones procedure and then after care team?
- Who should I contact if I think of more questions.
- Are there COVID protocols or procedures we need to plan for? Required Testing?
***This content is not intended to be a replacement for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please, always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified medical providers with any questions you may have.***