Recovery from Cardiac Surgery at BIDMC
Learn what to expect after cardiac surgery, from the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit to your home.
After your heart surgery, you will be taken to the Cardiovascular Intensive
Care Unit (CVICU). Here, your team of specially trained doctors, nurses,
respiratory therapists, and others will provide constant care and
Several hours after your surgery, you will begin to wake up, and may see
several people around your bed. This is routine. Many patients feel
confused and anxious when they first wake up, but try to remember that you
are never left alone in the CVICU, and you are being watched very
Because of the special needs of patients who have had cardiac surgery,
visiting hours must be restricted in the CVICU. In general:
One or two close family members may visit between 12 and 8 p.m.
Visits should last about five minutes.
CVICU nursing staff may alter visitor guidelines depending on your
Designated Family Spokesperson
We understand how important it is for your family to receive information
about your condition. We ask that families designate one person to be a
main spokesperson. The staff will be in close contact with the
spokesperson, who can relay information as needed to the rest of your
family and friends.