Cardiovascular

The Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital cardiovascular surgical team is composed of expertly trained staff that can care for all cardiovascular problems. Our qualified team staffs IU Health Methodist Hospital Level I Trauma Center and is readily able to treat emergency heart events around the clock.

IU Health Methodist Hospital heart surgeries are performed at 1701 N. Senate Blvd. Visitors and patients with scheduled heart surgeries should park in Parking Garage #1 at the intersection of Senate Avenue and 16th Street.

The Day of Your Surgery

Please follow your doctor's directions regarding when to stop eating prior to surgery and what medications you should or should not take. It's also important to follow the Hibbacleanse shower instructions the night before and morning of the surgery.

Surgeries are usually scheduled for 7:30 a.m.; however, surgical preparation takes 1½ hours. So, any family members who wish to see you prior to surgery should be there by 6 am. At 6:30 am you will be taken to the operating room for preparation.

What to Bring to Your Surgery (And What Not to Bring)

Your doctor's office will provide information on any items to bring. Generally, the only things you need are your insurance card, your living will and your medications list. Please bring a detailed list of all medications you take daily or occasionally, including prescription and over-the-counter medications. Include how often you take it and what the dosage is. You may use this medication form.

If you have packed a suitcase for your recovery, please have a family member leave it in the car until after your surgery. You will not need any personal items, pajamas, toiletries, etc. until you are in recovery. To support a safe environment for you during your surgery, you will not be able to take anything into the OR, including wedding rings or any jewelry, rosaries or other items. If a ring cannot be removed, it will need to be cut off in case of swelling. Do not bring anything of value, such as wallets, purses or cell phones. It is best to leave your personal items with a loved one, who can bring them to you when you need them. This includes hearing aids, dentures or similar items.

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