Recovering From Heart Surgery

At Franciscan Heart Center, we believe that follow-up care is essential to a full heart surgery recovery, and we are committed to providing the education, support and counseling you need to get there.

When you prepare to leave the hospital after surgery, your surgeon, certified physician assistant, nurses and others will spend time talking with you about what you can expect during your recovery period. You will receive instructions and advice about how to clean and care for your incision, how and when to take your medication to relieve pain, swelling, and discomfort, and how soon you can return to normal activities, including work.

You may be encouraged to participate in our cardiac rehabilitation program. Cardiac rehab is a structured program of medically supervised exercise and lifestyle modification that will strengthen your heart, make you healthier and more active, and make your recovery from heart surgery as successful as possible.

Whether you’ve had a minimally invasive procedure, such as an angioplasty with stent placement, open a clogged artery, or a complex procedure such as open heart surgery, your full recovery is our highest priority.

Call the Franciscan Heart Center at 253-426-6768 to learn more about our many services including Franciscan Cardiac Rehabilitation program, support groups, and other classes and programs designed especially for patients recovering from a heart attack or surgery (If you have questions about your specific surgery or related health concerns, contact your surgeon's office).