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Heart Surgery - Forrest Health
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    Heart Surgery

    When you or a loved one needs heart surgery, your heart is in great hands at Forrest Health in Hattiesburg. With a range of surgical and minimally invasive options, you can stay close to home for surgery and recovery. 

    Our dedication to your outcome has placed us in the Top 10 percent in the nation for medical excellence in Overall Medical Care and in the Top 10 percent of hospitals in the Nation for patient safety in Major Cardiac Surgery, meaning you and your family receive care from a provider with high-quality processes, excellent outcomes and strong patient satisfaction.

    Forrest Health is also the first hospital in Hattiesburg to offer the life-changing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) surgery.

    Surgical Procedures

    Our experienced and compassionate cardiovascular surgeons are proud to offer a range of surgical procedures for heart conditions, including:

    • Aortic valve surgery
    • Aortic aneurysm repair or removal
    • Coronary bypass surgery
    • Mitral valve surgery
    • Transcatheter aortic valve replacement

    Enhancing Your Experience

    Heart surgeries are preformed at Forrest General Hospital in our highly-specialized operating suites, and all patients are monitored after surgery in our telemetry unit. Each room in telemetry is equipped with special electrocardiogram equipment allowing the patient's heart rhythm to be continuously monitored by the nurses' station.

    Preparing for Heart Surgery

    When you have heart surgery at Forrest Health, your comfort and care are our highest priority. To make things go as smoothly as possible, there are a few things you should know before you arrive.

    Pre-Operative Appointment

    • A pre-operative appointment prior to surgery may be necessary for blood and urine samples, x-rays or other tests. At this time a nurse will gather all needed information from you and provide you with educational material about the procedure, as well as answer any questions you may have.
    • You should also notify your provider if you have had any changes in your health, even minor changes.

    Preparing for Surgery

    • Do not eat or drink anything after midnight the day of your surgery, including gum or mints.
    • Do not smoke after midnight the day before your surgery.
    • Do not take any medication the day of your surgery, unless instructed to do so by your physician.
    • Please shower the night before and morning of surgery using soap. If given a special soap solution by the preadmissions clinic, use as instructed.
    • Please remove all nail polish and makeup before surgery day.
    • If you wear contact lenses, either wear glasses the morning of surgery or bring a case to place the contact lenses in prior to surgery.
    • Please bring all medications with you the day of surgery.
    • Leave all jewelry and other valuables at home.

    Surgery Day

    • Please arrive at your designated time and check in at the registration desk unless instructed otherwise.
    • Your surgical nurse, operating room nurse, and anesthesia provider will review your health history, take your vital signs and start your I.V.
    • Prior to surgery, arrange for a relative or friend 18 years or older with a valid drivers license to be your transportation to and from surgery. Since most procedures use sedatives and anesthesia, patients are not allowed to drive until the day after surgery.
    • After surgery you will be transferred to a recovery unit where you'll be monitored by staff under the direction of the anesthesiologist. If you are having an outpatient surgery, you'll be discharged after recovery. If you surgery requires hospitalization, you'll be moved to your room after recovery.

    At Home

    • The single most important thing you can do to avoid infection after your surgery is hand washing. At home, wash your hands and ask anyone caring for you to clean their hands before touching you.
    • Please follow the specific post-operative instructions given to you for your surgery. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call your physician.
    • You will receive a follow-up call from a nurse the day after your discharge to see how your recovery is going and answer any questions.




    Employment Policy: It is the policy of Forrest Health to recruit and select candidates for employment without regard to race, color, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity),
    religion, national origin, age, disability or other status protected by applicable federal or state statutes.

    A Board of Trustees appointed by the Forrest County Board of Supervisors is charged with the oversight of Forrest Health. The system is completely self supporting and does not operate on local taxes.
    Forrest Health facilities are approved by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for participation in Medicare and Medicaid Programs.