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
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.