General OR Tour
This same day surgery tour consists of a series of video clips designed to give patients and their families an idea of what to expect before, during and after surgery at UMMC. You will also get to meet many members of our staff who you may see during your surgical visit.
Preparing for Surgery
After you and your surgeon have made the decision to have surgery, you will work with the professionals in our PREP (Patient Readiness and Evaluation Program) Center in person or via phone to make sure that you are OK to undergo surgery.
Same Day Surgery
A team of clinical professionals will prepare you for surgery once you arrive the day of your surgery. They will make sure we have all necessary information on you and your clinical condition to ensure your safety.
Day of Surgery Arrival
The Healing Garden is where your family will wait and be cared for during your surgical procedure.
General OR Prep
On your way into the operating room (OR) you may see a charge nurse. It is this nurse's sole job to coordinate the flow of surgical patients coming in and out of the 25 general ORs at UMMC. This ensures that patients are prioritized, resources allocated, and staff assigned as needed to you and your care team.
General OR Anesthesia
Anesthesiologists and support staff ensure that you receive high -quality anesthesiology services during your surgical procedure.
Surgical Heads of Service
There are 16 surgical specialties at UMMC. The patient care staff and ORs of each specialty are run by a highly trained nurse with many years of experience in that service.
Preparing Resources for Surgery
Having the correct and sterile supplies, instruments and equipment our surgical team needs in order to make your surgery successful is critical. The professionals in the Central Sterile Processing Department and the Perioperative Distribution Center make sure this happens every day for every patient.
Our surgical techs -- supervised by a surgeon and nurse -- ensure that the OR environment is safe, that equipment functions properly, and that the procedure is conducted under conditions that maximize patient safety.
Intraoperative Neurophysiologic Monitoring
The intraoperative neurophysiologic monitoring service works to identify new neurological impairment during surgery to allow for prompt correction, provides functional guidance to the surgeons and ultimately the best patient outcomes.
Radiology techs work in the OR. They are specially trained to operate mobile X-ray machines, C-arms (used for fluoroscopic imaging) and angiography machines in the OR. This provides our patients with the latest technology during their surgical procedures.
We have a pharmacy located in the OR to ensure that the clinical teams have timely access to all medications required during your surgical experience.
Post-Anesthesia Care Unit
After surgery you will go to the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit for recovery, where you will be cared for by a team of professionals including doctors, nurses and patient care technicians. Your family and loved ones can visit you here until you are either returned to the Same Day Surgery Unit for discharge or admitted to an inpatient bed in the hospital.
This page was last updated: October 7, 2013