Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine
The Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine provides safe, family-centered care for children before, during and after surgery. Pain is an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual and potential tissue damage.
It is important to manage pain when treating a child: inadequately controlled pain has undesirable effects on a child’s metabolic, physiological and emotional conditions.
Our team includes expert pediatric anesthesiologists, nurse anesthetists and nurse practitioners. Each has special experience and training in issues facing children during anesthesia. Before surgery, a nurse practitioner or anesthesia provider takes a complete medical history, including post-anesthetic experiences, and provides a complete physical exam. We provide information to the family on how children fall asleep under anesthesia. We also discuss the surgery center routine, the recovery and criteria for home discharge.
The department also hosts an interdisciplinary pain medicine team that consults to evaluate and treat children experiencing acute or chronic pain. Our team includes attending physicians, psychologists and advanced practice nurses who provide pain management services 24 hours a day. We provide our patients relief from a variety of afflictions, including pain related to surgical procedures, cancer, sickle cell disease and other conditions. This team is dedicated to improving infant, child and adolescent pain care and quality of life.