The Operating Rooms (OR) at Morristown Medical Center and Morristown Medical Ambulatory Surgery Center (111 Madison Ave.) are staffed by teams of highly trained professionals who provide a sterile and safe environment for your surgery to be performed. Although you will be awake when you go into the OR, you may have received medication while in the holding area that will make you drowsy.
Our OR Team:
- Surgeon: heads the surgical team
- Surgical Assistant: another surgeon, specially trained nurse or non-physician surgical assistant who assists your surgeon. Some surgeries require a surgical assistant.
- Scrub Nurse: sets up the instruments for surgery and assists the surgeon.
- Circulating Nurse: a registered nurse who will direct your care while in the operating room.
In some instances residents and/or medical students will be in the operating room as well. Residents are licensed physicians in postgraduate training.
What to expect in the operating room:
- The lights may be bright.
- You will be moved from the stretcher or wheelchair to an operating room table. A special protective strap will prevent you from falling.
- Your OR team will be wearing gowns, masks, and head and foot coverings.
- Special pads placed on your chest will monitor your heartbeat.
- A clip placed on your finger will measure the oxygen level in your blood, as well as your breathing.
- A cuff will be placed on your arm. The cuff will gently squeeze on and off as it monitors your blood pressure.
- You will receive oxygen supplied through a mask on your face.
- Special stockings may be placed on your legs, as well as compression devices that keep blood flowing through your veins while under anesthesia.
- Your surgeon will speak to your family after the surgery has been completed.