Anesthesiologists administer medicines that prevent patients from feeling pain and sensations during surgery and other medical procedures. They are also responsible for monitoring your vital functions during surgery and through the first recovery stages after an operation. Many anesthesiologists also work with patients who suffer from chronic pain.
These specialists perform a wide range of procedures in all three main categories of anesthesia:
General anesthesia is an anesthetic used to induce unconsciousness during surgery. Once the surgery is complete, the anesthesiologist stops the anesthetic and the patient wakes up in the recovery room.
Regional anesthesia is used to numb only the portion of the body where the surgery is performed. There are several forms of regional anesthetics, including “epidural,” which is used during labor and childbirth.
Local anesthesia is given to temporarily stop the sense of pain in a particular area of the body. The patient remains conscious during a local anesthetic.
Yale New Haven Hospital offers patients the most advanced anesthesiology and pain management options available with a full range of general, regional and local procedures. Our anesthesiology staff provides individualized attention to all patients – from the preoperative interview through the management of patient care in the recovery room, and if required in the critical care unit.
Geared to the specific needs of the patient and designed to minimize patient pain and discomfort, Yale New Haven Hospital's anesthesiology services services include
- Ambulatory surgery anesthesiology
- Cardiac anesthesiology
- Critical care
- Ob/Gyn anesthesiology
- Pediatric anesthesiology
- Perioperative and adult anesthesiology