Recovering from Heart Surgery

After heart surgery, patients stay in our state-of-the-art Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU) for the first few days of recovery. Patients are cared for by our experienced ICU team that includes cardiac surgeons, cardiac surgical intensivists, advanced practice nurses and physician assistants, ICU nurses, respiratory therapists, and physical therapists. From the CICU, heart surgery patients are transferred to private telemetry rooms on the same floor for further recovery and physical therapy. Most heart surgery patients will be independent with their personal care activities and ready to go home about one week after surgery. Patients who need additional therapy may be transferred to another health facility for rehabilitation services.

Cardiac Universal Bed Unit at Henry Ford Allegiance Health

The Henry Ford Allegiance Heart and Vascular Center’s design is based on an innovative model of care called the Cardiac Universal Bed unit (also known as the CUB). The CUB model creates a healing environment where patients stay in the same private room from immediately after their heart surgery until they return home. This eliminates the physical stress and inconvenience of moving throughout the hospital for different levels of care. It also allows patients to be cared for by the same team of physicians, physician assistants, nurses and support staff throughout their stay. This model of care is proven to be safer for patients and decreases the length of the hospital stay.

Heart surgery rehabilitation at Henry Ford

Heart surgery patients at Henry Ford are given specific instructions for rehabilitation and recovery at home before hospital discharge. Each patient is followed closely after surgery by the cardiac surgery team as well as their cardiology specialist. Outpatient cardiac rehabilitation usually begins approximately one month after surgery. Rehabilitation and home health services offered by Henry Ford include:

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