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VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery VCU Medical Center VCU

VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

Preparing to Leave the Hospital

Before you go home, we will review and teach you about the following:

  • Medications to take.
  • Incision care.
  • Diet teaching.
  • Activity schedule.
  • Follow-up appointment.

Some things to keep in mind:

  • Follow your discharge instructions.
  • Smoking and drinking alcohol will slow your recovery. Do not smoke or
    drink alcohol.
  • You may have constipation from inactivity and pain medication. Call
    the office (828-2774) if this is a problem.
  • Watch for signs of wound infection including redness, swelling, pain, warm to touch, pus, and/or fever. Call the office immediately if you suspect an infection.

Your surgical team is here for your recovery, Please do not hesitate to call for any problems or questions.        Thank you for choosing the Cardiac Surgery Team at the VCU Pauley Heart Center.


Questions or Concerns, Please Call 804-828-2774


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