Knee Replacement Surgery and the Operating Room
As you are brought into the operating room for knee replacement surgery, you can expect the room to be slightly cold, usually 60 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. Once you are positioned on the operating room table, a belt may be placed around you to provide for your safety. An automatic blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm, and a pulse oximeter, which measures the oxygen levels in your blood, will be taped to your finger.
From the table, you will likely see several monitors, lights, anesthesia equipment, and tables of sterile instruments. During this time, you may also hear many noises, such as loud, high-pitched and low-pitched beeps. These are normal and of no cause for concern.
Once you are ready, you will be given anesthesia and the surgery will begin.