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The Operating Room for ACL Surgery

You can expect the operating room to be slightly cold, usually 60 to 65 degrees. Blankets are available to keep you warm. On the operating room table, you will lie on your back. In order to provide for your safety on the narrow operating table, a safety belt may be placed around you. An automatic blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm, and a pulse oximeter, which checks oxygen levels in your blood, will be taped to your finger.
From the table, you will see several monitors, anesthesia equipment, lights above the operating table, and tables of sterile instruments. You may also hear strange noises, such as loud, high- and low-pitched beeps. These are all normal and of no cause for concern.
Once you are ready, you will be given anesthesia and the surgery will begin.
(Click ACL Reconstruction Anesthesia for more information.)
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