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Before your procedure, you may be curious about what it's like in the operating room. As you are brought into the operating room, you can expect the room to be slightly cold, usually 60 to 65 degrees. 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 look up and see several monitors, lights, and anesthesia equipment. You may also see tables of sterile instruments. During this time, you may also hear many noises, such as loud, high-pitched and low-pitched beeps. These sounds are all normal and are of no cause for concern.
Once you are ready, you will be given anesthesia.
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