We receive referrals in a number of ways. Patients, their families, and/or referring cardiologists can call our referral line at 214-74-VALVE (82583). We then obtain the patient’s medical records, including imaging, such as an echocardiogram and heart catheterization, before the first appointment. At the initial appointment, our care team determines if surgery is indicated; if so, the surgery can be scheduled during right then.
Once a surgery date has been selected, we provide written instructions to the patient, detailing the surgery appointment time and a medication schedule to follow before surgery.
One or two days prior to surgery, patients – along with members of their families and support system – attend a pre-surgery testing appointment where lab tests, X-rays, and EKGs are performed. Patients and their loved ones also attend a personalized teaching session during this time. This session covers what the patients and their loved ones can expect during the hospital stay and allows time to interact with the health care team and to have any questions and concerns addressed.