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Pediatric Anesthesiology

Pediatric Anesthesiology

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.

Surgical patients at Children's Hospital have many different needs, from ear tubes and tonsillectomies to emergencies like appendectomies and broken bones. Major operations, such as brain surgeries and spinal fusions, happen at Children's Hospital almost every day, and the pediatric anesthesia team is involved in all of those. 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.

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The Anesthesia Process

Parents and patients meet their surgeon before surgery, generally in office visits. Anesthesia team members typically meet patients and families on the day of surgery. An anesthesia team member is someone who helps you go to sleep. They can be either a physician anesthesiologist or a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA). They will ask questions and examine you before your procedure. They will go over how you will go to sleep and answer any questions you may have.

When your procedure is finished, your team will take you to another room. That room goes by several names. Some call it the "Wake-up Room," "Recovery Room" or "PACU." "PACU" stands for Post-Anesthesia Care Unit. A nurse will monitor you as you were in the operating/procedure room. She will give you medicine to control any pain. She will prepare you to go back to your family.

Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care

Our Pain and Palliative Care Service is for children of any age who have acute, complex or chronic pain, or a life-limiting illness. For those patients, our pain and palliative care specialists provide:

  • expert pain and symptom management
  • recommendations for managing distressing symptoms associated with life-limiting illness
  • individualized care plans to support and enhance quality of life
  • healing and comfort with a family-centered approach
The Pediatric Pain and Palliative Care program at Children's Hospital is sponsored by The Butterfly Fund at the East Tennessee Foundation and by Ronald McDonald House Charities of Knoxville.

Why choose Children's Hospital for Your Child's Surgery?

Pediatric anesthesiologists are highly educated medical specialists who complete a lengthy and rigorous training process. Undergraduate study and medical school are followed by a one-year internship, a three-year anesthesiology residency and finally a year in pediatric anesthesiology. Some of our anesthesiologists have also completed residencies in pediatrics prior to their anesthesia training. All anesthesiologists at Children's Hospital are board-certified in Anesthesiology, with many double-boarded in Anesthesiology and Pediatrics; two anesthesiologists also have a third board certification in Critical Care Medicine or Pediatric Emergency Medicine.