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As you are brought into the operating room for your postpartum tubal ligation, you can expect the room to be slightly cold, usually 60-65 degrees. Once you are positioned on the operating room table, a belt may be placed around you to provide for your safety. An automatic blood pressure cuff will be placed on your arm, and a pulse oximeter, which measures the oxygen levels in your blood, will be taped to your finger.
 
From the table, you will see anesthesia equipment, several monitors, lights above the operating table, and tables of sterile instruments. During this time, you may also hear many noises, such as loud, high- and low- pitched beeps. These are all normal and are of no cause for concern.
 
Once you are ready, you will be given anesthesia.
 
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