Safe Anesthesia for Children
Parents don't routinely choose their child's anesthesiologist,
but as a parent, you can choose the hospital where the anesthesiologist
and the entire surgical team are most prepared to care for your child.
At Children's Hospital, the anesthesia team spends each day caring
only for infants, children and adolescents.
What Is A Pediatric Anesthesiologist?
A pediatric anesthesiologist is a doctor who specializes in taking care
of children during surgery and other procedures. Many different types
of procedures require children to stay still, or the procedure may cause
discomfort if no anesthesia is used. An anesthesiologist can combine the
right types of medicine to make sure a child having a procedure is comfortable
and pain free. Children may not need to be all the way “asleep”
for some procedures. However, children will need to be asleep for most
procedures done in an operating room. Prior to surgery, pediatric anesthesiologists
evaluate each patient and make the best decision for his or her care.
The Anesthesia Process
Anesthesia team members typically meet patients and families on the day
of surgery. An anesthesia team member is someone who helps the patient
go to “sleep”. They can be either a physician anesthesiologist
or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). They will ask questions
and do a routine examine before the procedure. They will go over how the
process works and answer any questions you may have.
Your child may require anesthesia for procedures such as:
- Ear tubes
- Broken bones
- Brain surgery
- Spinal fusions
Major operations happen at our hospital almost every day, and the pediatric
anesthesia team is involved in all of them. Patients range in age and
size from premature infants that barely weigh a pound to teenagers and
young adults who may weigh several hundred pounds. Regardless of the patient’s
body type, our team is experienced and knowledgeable in how much sedative
they will require.
Do Pediatric Anesthesiologists Only Work In The Operating Room (OR)?
Pediatric anesthesiologists may be involved in sedating children for many
different procedures outside of the operating room. For instance, many
children cannot lie still or cooperate enough to have a CT scan or an
MRI. Bone marrow biopsies and lumbar punctures are procedures that young
patients may have to endure and can cause discomfort.
Our anesthesiologists also help many chronically ill children with
palliative care needs manage their pain on a daily basis. Techniques such as massage and the
use of essential oils have helped many patients.
Why Choose Us For Your Child's Surgery?
Our pediatric anesthesiologists treat children from newborn to teenagers
and beyond. They are experienced in the special needs of children (and
their families) at all ages. Our goal is to make the hospital experience
as pleasant as possible, to manage a child's anxiety before a procedure
and to control pain during and after surgery.
If you would like to know more about pediatric anesthesiology, call Children’s
Anesthesiologists, P.C. at (865) 541-8485.