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.