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What to Expect in the Operating Room

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What to Expect in the Operating Room

Newton Medical Center’s operating rooms (OR) offer a safe and sterile environment for your surgery.

They are staffed by teams of highly-trained professionals, including the:

  • Surgeon – leads the surgical team

  • Surgical assistant – another surgeon, specially-trained nurse or non-physician surgical assistant who helps your surgeon; not all surgeries require a surgical assistant

  • Scrub nurse – prepares the surgical instruments and assists the surgeon

  • Circulating nurse – a registered nurse who will direct your care in the OR

What to Expect in the Operating Room

  • Although you will be awake when you enter the OR, you may have received medication while in the pre-operative area that will make you drowsy.

  • 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.

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