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Planning for Discharge

Your Physician and the entire Cardiothoracic Surgical Team will work with you and your family to identify your discharge needs. A Discharge Planning Nurse will meet with you to evaluate your needs and options for discharge. Most discharged patients go home with visiting nurse services 2-3 times per week. If it is determined that you require transitional care at a Rehabilitation or Skilled Nursing Facility, our Discharge Planner will work with you and your family and arrange this.

On the day of discharge, you will receive a finalized list of your medications and prescriptions to be filled at your pharmacy.

Usual discharge time at this hospital is 11:00 a.m. Please have your ride at the hospital by 11:00 a.m.

Leaving the Hospital

Most people are ready to leave the hospital within a week, returning home or temporarily to a rehabilitation facility until you are stronger. You may still find it difficult to perform everyday tasks, or even walk a short distance but this will improve with time. Expect a recovery period of about six to 12 weeks. In most cases, you can return to work, begin exercising, and resume sexual activity after six weeks, but make sure you have your doctor's OK before doing so.

If after leaving the hospital you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, call your doctor.

  • A fever higher than 100.4 F (38 C).
  • Rapid heart rate.
  • New or worsened pain around your surgical wound.
  • Reddening, bleeding, or other discharge from your surgical wound.
  • Increased fatigue or shortness of breath.

Follow-up Visit

Approximately 2-4 weeks after your discharge, you will have an appointment to be seen by your doctor and nurse practitioner to review your progress.

Once home, make an appointment to see your Cardiologist and/or Primary Care Physician who will be resuming your care.

Please call our office at (617) 638-7350 if for any reason you are admitted to another hospital in the month following your discharge.

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