Members of the Care Team

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Types

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  • General Anesthesia - When general anesthesia is used, the entire body, including the brain, is put into a state of deep sleep. While in this state the patient is unconscious and has no awareness and no sensation of […]
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  • Local Anesthesia - Local anesthesia is when medicine is injected into the tissue to numb just the specific location of the body requiring minor surgery, for example a hand or foot.
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  • Regional Anesthesia - In regional anesthesia an injection is made near a cluster of nerves to numb the area of the body that requires surgery. The patient may remain awake, or may be given a sedative to help […]
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  • Sedation Anesthesia - With sedation anesthesia the patient is deeply relaxed. He or she may be sleeping, but is able to be awakened easily and can respond to questions or physical stimulation.

Services Provided

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  • Acute Pain - Acute pain is temporary and typically results from an injury, surgery or infection. Anesthesiologists provide acute pain management services to patients during and immediately after surgery. Acute pain management is normally conducted in the hospital, […]
  • Ambulatory Care Anesthesia - Ambulatory surgery is a specialized area of care that allows patients to have surgery and then return home the same day. These centers are also called outpatient surgery centers. All types of anesthesia, including general, […]
  • Anesthesia Awareness - Anesthesia awareness is a rare event in which a patient undergoing general anesthesia may regain consciousness and be able to recall some events during surgery. General anesthesia is the only type of anesthesia where anesthesia awareness […]
  • Ankle Block - The ankle block is common for surgery of the foot and is administered around the ankle.
  • Axillary Block - The axillary block is used for surgery involving areas of the upper body such as the hand, elbow or forearm.
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  • Bier Block - The bier block is primarily used in procedures lasting less than forty minutes that involve the arm, wrist or forearm.
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  • Cardiovascular Anesthesia - Cardiovascular anesthesia, or cardiac anesthesia, is a unique and challenging subspecialty involving an array of complex procedures performed on patients. Cardiovascular anesthesiologists have fellowship training in anesthesia for cardiac (heart), thoracic (lungs), and vascular (blood […]
  • Catheters - Catheters are fine plastic tubes that are used to help anesthesiologists administer anesthesia and pain medications as a continuous infusion. These catheters are inserted near bundles of nerves to provide medications that can be used […]
  • Chronic Pain - Chronic pain is reoccurring or continuous pain that persists for longer than two weeks. It is usually caused by a disease or the body’s abnormal reaction to injury or stimulus, tends to be less intense […]
  • Continuous Epidural Analgesia or Patient Controlled Epidural Analgesia (PCEA) - Epidural analgesia delivers anesthetic medication to nerves within the epidural space in the vertebra. The physician places a small tube, or catheter, so medication can be administered throughout surgery and beyond for comfort. Frequently the […]
  • Controlling Nausea and Vomiting After Surgery - While common side effects of anesthesia, nausea and vomiting after anesthesia not only makes the patient uncomfortable, but can cause significant stress on incisions and the abdominal cavity. By controlling nausea and vomiting, patients feel […]
  • Controlling Pain After Surgery - Many techniques are available that can help patients achieve high levels of comfort and safety following surgery, including interventional methods as well as pain medications. Pain control after surgery contributes to the healing process. If […]
  • Critical Care Anesthesia - Critical care is a medical term referencing the treatment of patients with life threatening illnesses. Also known as intensive care (ICU), patients in critical care units require constant monitoring and specialized care. Anesthesiologists that specialize […]
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  • Epidural or Epidural Steroid Injection - An epidural is the injection of anesthesia medication into the epidural space of the lower back and most often involves the placement of a continuous catheter. This procedure can also include a local anesthetic block, […]
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  • Femoral Block - The femoral block is used for surgery involving the knee, including knee replacement and ACL reconstruction.
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  • Interscalene Block - An interscalene block is a nerve block injection around the group of nerves that supplies feeling to the arm and shoulder.
  • Intravenous or "IV" Medications - These are pain-relieving medications that are injected into a vein to decrease the sensation of pain during early labor and are prescribed by the patient’s obstetric caregiver. Because the medications are often narcotics, they may […]
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  • Local Anesthesia - Local anesthesia is when medicine is injected into the tissue to numb just the specific location of the body requiring minor surgery, for example a hand or foot.
  • Lumbar Plexus Block - The lumbar plexus block is used for surgery involving the hip, including hip replacement surgery.
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  • Nerve Blocks - A nerve block is a form of regional anesthesia where an anesthesia medication is injected directly next to the nerve to block the transmission of nerve signals. Common regional blocks used by anesthesiologists include: Axillary […]
  • Neurosurgical Anesthesia or Neurological Anesthesia - Neurosurgical anesthesia, or neuroanesthesia, focuses on patients undergoing brain or spinal cord surgery. This type of surgery is called neurosurgery. There are many similarities between neurosurgical and general anesthesia. Neuroanesthetic management, however, is different because […]
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  • Obstetric Anesthesia - Obstetric anesthesia is a subspecialty of anesthesia devoted to the time right before a baby is born, during delivery and post-delivery pain management. Obstetric anesthesia medicine and procedure types include: Intravenous or “IV” Medications Local […]
  • Orthopedic Anesthesia - Orthopedic anesthesia is a subspecialty of anesthesia that deals with the bones or skeletal system. Anesthesiologists are trained specifically to handle the complex nature of orthopedic surgery and a variety of techniques to customize care specific […]
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  • Patient Controlled Analgesia - Epidural analgesia delivers anesthetic medication to nerves within the epidural space in the vertebra. A physician places a small tube or catheter so medication can be administered throughout surgery and beyond for comfort. Frequently the […]
  • Pediatric and Neonatal Anesthesia - Pediatric anesthesia is a specialty with expertise, focus and sensitivity to the particular needs of children and their parents. The reason that a child needs anesthesia for procedures, like MRIs or endoscopies, is because it […]
  • Pediatric Cardiac Anesthesia - Pediatric cardiac anesthesia is a subspecialty of anesthesia specific to heart disease in children. Anesthesiologists who subspecialize in pediatric cardiac anesthesia have the training to understand the effects of anesthesia on a child with heart […]
  • Popliteal and Saphenous Blocks - The popliteal and saphenous nerve blocks are used for surgery involving the foot and ankle.
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  • Regional Blocks - Regional blocks for labor are better known as an “epidural,” “spinal,” or combination of the two. In short, an epidural involves placement of a catheter (a very small tube) in the back. An epidural can […]
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  • Spinal Block - This is a nerve block injection into the lower back where the spinal nerves are located. It will block the feeling and movement of the lower half of the body.
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  • Transplant Anesthesia - Transplant anesthesia is the specialty of anesthesia that manages surgeries involving organ transplants. Anesthesiologists that specialize in organ transplant anesthesia understand and have the expertise to manage both the organ recipient and the organ donor.
  • Trauma Anesthesia - Trauma anesthesia is the subspecialty of anesthesia focused on trauma patients and their comprehensive acute requirements. All types of anesthesia, including general, regional, sedation and local, may be used when treating a trauma patient.
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  • Walking Epidural - The walking epidural provides pain relief for early labor and for periods following surgical procedures. Medications delivered through a catheter are quite effective but do not numb or weaken the legs or lower abdomen. This […]

How should I prepare for my procedure?

It is important that you provide your primary clinical provider with a list of all medications and herbal supplements you are taking and discuss any allergies, heart problems or reactions to anesthesia you experienced in the past. An anesthesiologist will review your medical history and consult with your clinical provider so he or she can provide guidance regarding:

  • When and what you can eat and drink prior to the procedure
  • Instructions regarding which medications to take prior to the procedure

You should also try and stay well hydrated and avoid alcohol in the days prior to your procedure.

What can I expect on the day of my procedure?

Your anesthesia care team will provide for your safety and comfort during and immediately after your procedure, while helping provide optimal conditions for your procedure. Prior to your procedure, your anesthesiologist will perform an in-depth medical history and physical exam, order or review lab tests and diagnose any potential risks to prescribe an appropriate anesthesia care plan for you.

Your anesthesiologist will perform your anesthesia and you will remain under his or her care during your procedure and recovery. Patients undergoing general anesthesia are monitored throughout their procedure with sophisticated medical equipment. With these devices your anesthesia clinicians can monitor your vital signs, breathing, blood oxygen level, lung carbon dioxide levels and the concentration of inhaled and exhaled anesthetic gases.

If you’ve undergone a surgery, your recovery room stay and pain control will be directed by your anesthesiologist. When your pain is controlled and you meet criteria to leave the recovery room, you will be discharged to home or to your hospital room.

What do I need to know after my procedure?

The physician who conducted your procedure will offer recommendations regarding when you can begin eating or drinking again and will prescribe pain medication as needed once you leave the recovery area.

If you plan on going home following your procedure, you must have a responsible adult drive you and stay with you for the entire evening. You must not drive or operate heavy machinery for 24-hours following anesthesia.

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