Anesthesiology is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during and after surgery. At CVMC, we have 4 physician anesthesiologists on staff to provide around the clock services for both scheduled procedures and emergencies. Your anesthesia care team may also include a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist or Anesthesiologist Assistant who is supervised by the physician anesthesiologist.
Anesthesiologists are responsible for administering anesthesia to relieve pain and for managing vital life functions during surgery and invasive procedures such as endoscopy and biopsies. After surgery, they maintain the patient in a comfortable state during the recovery.
Anesthesiologists' responsibilities to patients include:
- Preanesthetic evaluation and treatment;
- Medical management of patients and their anesthetic procedures;
- Postanesthetic evaluation and treatment;
- On-site medical direction of any non-physician who assists in the technical aspects of anesthesia care to the patient.
(Source: American Society of Anesthesiologists)
Types of Anesthesia
To learn more about the types of anesthesia available at CVMC, click here.
In addition, our Anesthesiologists run a Pain Clinic at CVMC to treat patients experiencing chronic pain due to a variety of conditions, including back problems, sciatica, lower leg pain, head and neck issues, pelvic pain, fibromyalgia and others.
For more information about this Pain Clinic, click here.