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VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Virginia Commonwealth University VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery VCU Medical Center VCU

VCU Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery

During Surgery

Anesthesia is medicine that makes you sleep. Before your surgery, our anesthesia staff will work with you in choosing the best type of anesthesia for you. Your anesthesia team will give you anesthesia and monitor your vital signs during your surgery.

Surgery Team includes a number of people involved in your care during and after your surgery. This team includes:

  • Your surgeon (who leads the team)
  • Surgery residents (doctors being trained in surgery and medical students)
  • Nurses
  • Anesthesiologists
  • Intensive care physicians
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Physician Assistants
  • Physical therapists
  • Dieticians
  • Respiratory therapists
  • Social workers
  • Rehabilitation staff

The Operating Room

We will take you on a stretcher to the operating room (also called the OR) where you are helped onto a special OR bed and put in a comfortable, safe position.

Some things you need to know about the OR suite include:

  • The room may be cold. The OR team can give you warm blankets to keep you comfortable.
  • There may be bright lights over the bed.
  • You will be connected to monitors to check your blood pressure, breathing, and heart beat during surgery.
  • Your family will receive updates on your surgery.


Questions or Concerns, Please Call 804-828-2774


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