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We understand the feelings of concern you may experience when told you need a surgical procedure. It is very common to have questions regarding pain or discomfort. The Department of Anesthesiology team plays a key role in your surgical medical care. This highly specialized team works in cooperation with surgical teams to provide safe surgical conditions. They also strive to create a positive learning environment for educational development in the field of anesthesiology. The role of an anesthesiologist is to administer medicines that prevent patients from feeling pain and sensations during surgery or other medical procedures.

Our team of experienced anesthesiologists received specialized training in the areas of pediatrics, cardiology, obstetrics, ambulatory anesthesia, critical care, and pain management. The team’s primary role is to provide anesthesia during surgical procedures, but anesthesiologists also act as the “internist” in the operating room. They provide blood transfusions, treatment for heart rhythm problems, and fluid volume replacement. They also monitor for a variety of other issues that may occur during a complicated surgery. Our anesthesiology department also provides pain management services for patients with both acute and chronic pain conditions.

The 3 forms of anesthesia you may be given include:

  • General anesthesia – You are completely asleep and unaware of the procedure
  • Moderate sedation – You are sedated with the appropriate medication to have surgery without discomfort, but not in a deep sleep. Some short surgical procedures are performed with moderate sedation, such as colonoscopies and gastroscopies
  • Regional anesthesia – This includes spinal, epidural, and regional block anesthesia. Only the appropriate area of the body is numbed, and you are partly sedated but able to communicate during the procedure