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Common Medical Terms & Surgeries


Ambulatory Surgery: Outpatient or same-day surgery

Anesthesia: Medication that prevents pain during surgery

Anesthesiologist: A doctor that specializes in anesthesia

OR: Operating Room

PACU: Post anesthesia care unit or the recovery room

Surgery Consent: A legal form the patient signs prior to surgery, giving consent for the surgery to be performed

Vital Signs: Your temperature, heart rate, breathing rate and blood pressure