Find A Doctor Find A Service Make An Appointment Talk To A Doctor

Health Information Another reason to believe: Health Information At Your Fingertips
printer-friendly version

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?

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.


© 2000-2014 Krames StayWell, 780 Township Line Road, Yardley, PA 19067. All rights reserved. This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical care. Always follow your healthcare professional's instructions.
Last Annual Review Date: 05/01/2013

Akron General Medical Center • 1 Akron General Avenue (Formerly 400 Wabash Avenue) • Akron, OH 44307 • 330-344-6000 • 1-800-221-4601    © 2014 Akron General Health System
Find Us on Facebook button


This website is certified by Health On the Net Foundation. Click to verify.

  This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information: verify here.