Washington Hospital has been a leader
in surgical intervention and treatment of adult heart disease for the last 20
years. The cardiac surgery program focuses on a multidisciplinary approach to
providing care for our patients.
The cardiac surgery program at
Washington Hospital recognizes the importance of meeting the needs of our
patients. We have assembled a team of expert healthcare providers that support
and care for our patients and families. The patient who has cardiac surgery at
Washington Hospital will meet with the cardiac surgeon, the anesthesiologist,
our pre-operative staff, and one of our cardiac rehabilitation nurses. Prior to
surgery the patient and his/her family will be interviewed and examined in
order to plan for their specific needs prior to, during and after surgery.
"The surgery saved my life," Lingle says. "I really encourage people to take control of their own health. If something doesn't seem right, get to the doctor."
Michael Lingle (left) is back to enjoying his several hobbies after his minimally invasive heart surgery at Washington Hospital.
Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) Surgery
If one or more of your coronary
arteries (the vessels that carry blood to your heart muscle) are blocked, blood
can’t flow to the heart muscle. In this case, the heart muscle may die (heart
attack). Coronary artery bypass graft surgery creates a path for blood to flow
around a blockage through a blood vessel graft that restores blood flow to the
At Washington Hospital we offer an
array of valve surgery options to our patients. These options range from
traditional sternotomy to minimally invasive valve surgery.
Patient Recovery - Washington Hospital Cardiac Rehabilitation Program
Immediately after surgery patients
are cared for in the coronary care unit (CCU) by our critical care nursing
staff. Our experienced nursing staff provides care using a combination of
technological expertise and genuine concern for the patient in order to meet
the physical and emotional well-being and comfort of our patients and families.
The patient is transferred from the coronary intensive care unit after they
meet specific clinical criteria. Patients remain on cardiac monitoring and
begin to take meals and walk in the room and hallways. Physical therapists and
occupational therapists begin working with our patients as soon as the patient
The goal of physical and occupational
therapy is to assist the patient in their recovery from surgery and return to
their previous level of activity. Dietitians review how to modify the patient's
diet to provide a "heart healthy" approach to eating. When needed,
our pharmacist provides medication counseling prior to discharge. A member of
our case management team meets with the patient and family to develop a plan
that will provide a safe and comfortable transition back to home prior to
discharge. The discharge plan may include visits from home health assistants,
registered nurses, and perhaps physical or occupational therapists.