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When it's time for your pneumonectomy, you will be moved to the operating table. The operating room may feel a little cold, usually 60 to 65 degrees. Blankets will be available to keep you warm.
 
Once you are on the table, a blood pressure cuff will be put on your arm. Because the operating table isn't very wide, a belt will be placed around you for safety reasons. You will also have a pulse oximeter taped to your finger. This device monitors how much oxygen is in your blood.
 
While you are lying on the table, you may see heart monitors, anesthesia equipment, tables of sterile instruments, and other pieces of equipment. During this time, you may also hear noises, such as loud high-pitched and low-pitched beeps. These are all normal sounds.
 
Once you are ready, you will be given anesthesia and then the surgery will begin.
 
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