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Patient's Guide to Heart Transplant Surgery

Preoperative Preparation and Teaching

Patient education

Even though the waiting period can be long and you have plenty of time to anticipate surgery, most patients say they are never fully prepared when the day really comes. Most of the time, you are rushing to get to the hospital and rushing to get prepped for surgery so there is not even time for last minute mental preparation.

Because we realize that there is not a lot of time when your organ does becomes available, we have included this section on what you can expect before you go to surgery and when you wake up after surgery.



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