A  A  A   Print
Day of Surgery/Getting Ready For Surgery/The Operating RoomDía de la Cirugía / Prepararse para la Cirugía / Sala de Operaciones

The Day of Surgery/Getting Ready For Surgery/The Operating Room

What to expect the day of surgery:

On the day of surgery, you will meet with the medical team involved in your surgery. This may include your surgeon, the anesthesiologist, and various other healthcare professionals.

Getting ready for surgery:

You may expect some of the following to occur:

  • You may need to change into a hospital gown.

  • You will receive an identification bracelet.

  • An intravenous catheter (IV) may be inserted in your forearm or other location for anesthetics and other medications.

  • You may be transported on a stretcher to the operating room.

What does the operating room look like?

Picture of the operating room during surgery

The operating room can be an intimidating, busy place, with a lot of unfamiliar technical equipment. The following is a brief list of equipment you may see in the operating room. However, each operating room varies depending on the type of surgery being performed.

  • The operating table in the center of the room can be raised, lowered, and tilted in any direction.

  • The operating lamp allows for brilliant illumination without shadows during surgery.

  • You will be connected to various monitors that keep track of your vital signs, such as your heart rate and blood pressure.

  • A ventilator or breathing machine stands by the head of the operating table. If your procedure is done under general anesthesia, a ventilator will breathe for you during the procedure by moving oxygen and air in and out of your lungs.

  • Sterile instruments to be used during surgery are arranged on a stainless steel table.

  • A diathermy machine, to control bleeding, usually is present.

  • If the surgery requires it, a heart-lung machine, or other specialized equipment, may be brought into the room.

  • The operating room will likely be cold; this is done to minimize bacterial growth.

 
Today's Interactive Tools
Related Items

The third-party content provided in the Health Library of phoebeputney.com is for informational purposes only and is not designed to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease, or replace the professional medical advice you receive from your physician. If you or your child has or suspect you may have a health problem, please consult your primary care physician. If you or your child may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 or other emergency health care provider immediately in the United States or the appropriate health agency of your country. For more information regarding site usage, please visit: Privacy Information, Terms of Use or Disclaimer.

Follow us online:

© 2014 Phoebe Putney Health System  |  417 Third Avenue, Albany, Georgia 31701  |  Telephone 877.312.1167

Phoebe Putney Health System is a network of hospitals, family medicine clinics, rehab facilities, auxiliary services, and medical education training facilities. Founded in 1911,
Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital (the flagship hospital) is one of Georgia's largest comprehensive regional medical centers. From the beginning, Phoebe's mission and vision
has been to bring the finest medical talent and technology to the citizens of Southwest Georgia, and to serve all citizens of the community regardless of ability to pay.