Inpatient Operating and Recovery Rooms

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surgery recoveryBehind the walls of UW Hospital and Clinics operating rooms, a team of health care professionals, including doctors, nurses, surgical technicians, nursing assistants and other support services, work together using the latest surgical techniques and advanced technologies to care for their patients.
In fact, more than 12,500 surgical procedures are performed per year in UW Hospital's 22 inpatient operating rooms. UW Hospital and Clinics can handle emergent surgical cases 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Whether your surgery is a planned First Day Surgery (meaning the patient arrives the day of their scheduled procedure), or unplanned, our operating room facilities and capable staff will provide the best possible care.
In any given day, UW Hospital and Clinics multi-specialty surgical teams perform many leading edge and potentially life-saving surgeries, including:
  • Urology, gynecology, renal-pancreas transplant
  • Neurosurgery and plastic surgery
  • General surgery, burn and trauma surgery
  • Cardiovascular-thoracic surgery including heart/lung transplant
  • Peripheral vascular including liver transplant
  • Orthopedics including orthopedic trauma
  • Ophthalmology
  • Otolaryngology

Recovering From Surgery

Once patients are through with their surgical procedure, they receive care in the Inpatient Recovery Room. In this 16-bay unit, nurses monitor patients constantly until the effects of anesthesia are eliminated. Nurse to patient staffing ratio is often one-to-one, providing the utmost in individual attention to each patient.


When the patient is ready, they are moved to their inpatient hospital room for the remainder of their hospital stay.