The heartbeat of the Mission is located in the 2 operating rooms. Staffed by a team of health care professionals that includes surgeons, anesthesiologists, surgery techs, P.A.s and nurses the rooms have a certain vibe and a whole lot of rhythm. Upon entering the OR, the energy, focus and concentration is immediately apparent. For many of us that do not find ourselves in the OR daily, it is at first intimidating. But soon you are in awe of the surgical process and the talent of each professional. It then becomes a place you want to visit again during the mission, not only to observe but to be a part of the camaraderie and tap your toe to the surgeon’s tunes whether it is soothing classical or big bass and heavy metal.
The surgeries last anywhere from 1 ½ to 3 hours depending on the procedure performed. The surgeons and anesthesiologists certainly have key roles in the OR but a successful surgery would not be possible without the full cast of characters all with the same goal – to improve the life of those less fortunate, one smile at a time!