In the Operating Room
Regional Anesthesia team caring for patient during transport to OR.
You will be transported to the OR by other members of the anesthesia team who will care for you in the operating room. An additional safety check will be performed with the anesthesia team and OR nurses before you are moved to the operating room for your surgery. We will use the same transport bed, oxygen mask, and warm blankets from the RAAPM area.
Your OR anesthesia team will watch your breathing, heart rate, oxygen level and blood pressure throughout your surgery and adjust your fluids and medications throughout. There will always be someone with you to manage your anesthesia and keep you safe. After you are sedated (drowsy) and numb, the nurses may place a catheter in your bladder if your surgery is expected to take many hours or your surgeons feel you will need one after surgery. If you need one, it may remain until you are able to easily walk to the bathroom on your own. Operating rooms are cool, but we will keep you as warm as possible with forced-air warming blankets or warmed fabric blankets.
The duration of surgery varies with each person, surgery, and surgeon. While you are in surgery, your family may wait and (hopefully) relax in the surgical waiting room. They will be given a pager if they leave to attend to other matters or go to the cafeteria in the hospital. The nurses working with your surgeon will call your family periodically to tell your family how you are doing during surgery. When your surgery is over, you will go to one of our Post-Anesthesia Care Units (PACU) located within the OR suite, and your family member(s) will be contacted when you are ready to be transported to your hospital room.