Sally Muncy, R.N.
A Personal Choice
Dr. Berger has asked me to give a short description of what I do as an Operating Room Nurse so that you will feel that you know me when you come here for your tubal reversal surgery. I am a nurse who accompanies you to the operating room once the preoperative nurses have admitted you and taken care of all your physical as well as emotional needs. I am there for you to make sure that you are comfortable and have no last minute questions or misgivings.
One more time I will check your name on your name band and ask you about allergies and if you have eaten. I will ask you to use the rest room to empty your bladder as Dr. Berger does not use any bladder catheter in your bladder during surgery. I’m not asking these same questions that the other nurses have ask you because I don’t know the answers, but ask them only as one more opportunity to avoid a mistake about something you may have forgotten to mention.
In The Operating Room
In operating room, you will be made comfortable and warm and everything that is being done will be explained to you. I realize this is a little frightening since everyone in the operating room wears a mask, gloves and gown for your protection. This brings up another point about who will be in the operating room with you. As I said I will be at your side the whole time. There will also be an anesthesiologist or anesthetist, a surgical assistant, and a surgical scrub technician (the person who is responsible for all the sterility of the surgical equipment and for seeing that Dr. Berger has the instruments as he needs them when he is concentrating on surgery). The only other person present is Dr. Berger.
For those of you (and there are many) who have a concern for modesty in the operating room, you really have nothing to worry about. After the surgical area is cleansed you are covered from head to toe. There is only about an 8 inch by 3 inch window of skin exposed on your abdomen. Many ladies also come for surgery while having their menstrual period. This also is handled very discreetly. You will keep your underwear and pad on until the last minute and then you can remove them in the bathroom and we will have a pad on the bed for you. I really want to impress upon you that from the time you walk in the front door to when you leave after surgery you will be treated with the utmost respect and dignity.
Once you are settled in the operating room you go off to sleep fairly quickly after being attached to heart monitors and a final safety check being done. One more time every staff person in the room checks your name, allergies, and other important data regarding your health. At this point everyone takes their designated position in the room and like a finely choreographed dance surgery begins. Because of keeping sterility in the room, no one can touch another person so each one has to know exactly what they are doing and where the other four people are.
I am the one who keeps computer records of anything pertinent to your surgery while Dr. Berger dictates in detail. I am also responsible to see that everyone has the sterile equipment, medications, irrigating fluids, or anything else that needs to be brought in to the operating room. And finally I perform, with the scrub technician, a counting of all the instruments and dressings that are used during surgery. This count is also done before you enter the room and two more times. The final count must match exactly. This avoids any concern of a lost instrument or dressing. This is to insure absolute safety.
On To The Recovery Room
When Dr. Berger finishes surgery I will put a small dressing on your abdomen. Surgical time will be recorded and you will soon wake up and move back to your original bed. It is then my pleasure to return you to the recovery room where your nurse will greet you and I will bring your family member in to sit with you.
I just want to assure you once again that you will be in good, safe hands throughout your tubal reversal surgery. Every staff member at A Personal Choice and Chapel Hill Surgical Center is there to meet your needs and we are honored that you have put your trust, first in Dr. Berger, and then in everyone else who has any part in your care.