Helping teens prepare for surgery

What happens during surgery

You and your anesthesiologist will work together to decide how and where you will go to sleep for your surgery. This is a good time to ask questions about falling asleep with anesthesia.

When you walk into the operating room, you will see the surgery bed. The surgery room staff will help you get on the bed. The anesthesiologist and nurse anesthetist will begin giving anesthesia.

Once you are asleep under anesthesia, the operating room team will begin their work. The team members include the anesthesiologist, nurse anesthetist, circulating nurse, scrub nurse/tech, and the surgeon.

The circulating nurse will have a warm blanket to keep you covered throughout the procedure. The nurse also will place a safety strap across your knees to keep you safe and secure on the bed. The nurse and the anesthesiologist will place monitors on you to safely watch you during the procedure. These monitors include the blood pressure, blood pressure cuff, the EKG, and the pulse oximeter.

The anesthesiologist will then help you fall asleep with anesthesia (types of anesthesia) by using a mask or an IV.

Before surgery starts, the circulating nurse stops all activity to confirm with everyone present what procedure will be done for you, and to recheck your ID bracelet. This is one of many steps to make sure you stay safe.

Once you are in a deep anesthesia sleep, the nurse anesthetist will monitor your breathing and anesthesia sleep during the entire surgery. In the case of a long procedure the circulating nurse may phone the waiting area to keep your parents updated on the progress of the surgery. A tracking monitor in the family waiting room helps them know where you are in the surgery process. It is confidential-using numbers instead of names.

When the surgery is over the surgical site may be bandaged. The anesthesia team will stop the anesthetic medicine. The surgeon may come to the waiting area to talk with your parents.


Take a tour designed to help patients and family members to learn what to expect before, during, and after surgery day.


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