On the day of surgery, you will meet with the medical team involved in your surgery.
This will include:
The operating room can be an overwhelming place. The room will likely be cold. This
is to minimize bacterial growth. It will have a lot of technical equipment. You may
see equipment such as:
Operating table. This is in the center of the room. It can be raised, lowered, and tilted in any direction.
Operating room lamps. These allow for bright light without shadows during surgery.
Monitor screens. You will be connected to various monitors. These keep track of your vital signs.
These include your heart rate, oxygen level, and blood pressure.
Ventilator. This is a breathing machine. It stands by the head of the operating table. If your
procedure is done with general anesthesia, you may have a ventilator will breathe
for you during the procedure. It moves oxygen and air in and out of your lungs.
Sterile instruments. These are small tools to be used during surgery. They are arranged on a stainless
Video screen. If the procedure is laparoscopic, there will be a video screen for the surgeon to
be able to see the area of the surgery.
Diathermy machine. This is to control bleeding.
Other equipment. If needed, other specialized equipment may be brought into the room. For example,
your team may use a heart-lung machine during heart surgery.