The Operating Room – Surgery

  • An OR nurse will interview you and ask you several questions. We ask these questions to meet our surgical safety checklist standards. The OR staff will be dressed in masks, caps, and special
    clothing to ensure a clean environment.
  • The OR is usually cool. You will be given a warm blanket.
  • The staff will help you move to an OR bed. A belt, similar to a car seat belt, will be placed around you to ensure your safety.

Before you go to sleep, you will have an intravenous (IV) started.

Several white disks will be applied to your chest and shoulder. This allows the anesthesiologist to check your heart rate while you are under anesthesia.

  • Depending on the procedure, a larger pad may be placed on your leg, back, or shoulder. This is a grounding pad, and is another safety measure.
  • A clothespin like device, called an Oximeter Probe, will be attached to your finger. It will help the anesthesiologist to measure your oxygen levels during surgery.
  • Your surgeon and anesthesiologist will talk with you just before your anesthesia.