Patient Guide

Going to the Operating Room

  • You may be escorted by a nurse and/or the anesthesiologist to the operating room area by walking, wheelchair or a bed depending on your condition. You may go to the operating room as early as 30 minutes before your surgery. Your family will be guided to the waiting room at this time.

  • Once in the operating room, you will be transferred to the operating table. You may notice noise and activity. You may also notice bright lights. If a video screen is used for the surgery the lights will be dimmed

  • Small pads with wires attached will be placed on your chest to monitor your heart’s function.  A clothes pin-like clip will be placed on your finger to measure the oxygen level in your blood and monitor your breathing.

  • A cuff will be placed on your arm to measure your blood pressure during surgery. These vital signs will be closely watched during the surgery. This is routine for all patients having surgery and involves no pain or discomfort.