ANESTHESIA SERVICES

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The Anesthesia Services team at Divine Service Healthcare provides a multimodal approach for the prevention and treatment of acute pain with the goal of minimizing narcotic consumption while maintaining an optimum level of comfort and satisfaction in the perioperative and non-surgical settings. The Anesthesia Services team is composed of highly trained nurse anesthetists who specialize in regional anesthesia using a combination of anatomical landmarks and advanced ultrasound technology for direct visualization of targeted therapeutic sites using local anesthetics and adjuvants to ensure efficiency and efficacy.

 

WHAT IS REGIONAL ANESTHESIA?

Regional anesthesia is a way to “turn off” the pain signals to a specific part of your body. A member of the Anesthesia Services team injects local anesthetic to numb the area of the body to be operated on. A peripheral nerve block, a peripheral nerve catheter, or a neuraxial technique (spinal and epidural anesthesia) can be performed, the specific technique we use will be customized to you and your surgery or acute pain.

 

WHAT IS A PERIPHERAL NERVE BLOCK?

Peripheral nerve blocks are used for all types of surgeries. The way a peripheral nerve block works is by injecting local anesthetic close to the major nerves that innervate a particular part of the body, such as hand, wrist, arm, shoulder, breast, abdomen, food, ankle, knee, leg and hip. Peripheral nerve blocks can be single injections or via a small catheter to provide continuous infusion of numbing medication. Your nurse anesthetist will discuss with you the most appropriate block for your specific surgery. Most single injection peripheral nerve blocks will last around 18 to 24 hours, but many can last as long as 36 hours. If a pain catheter is placed, you may have pain relief for up to four days.

The peripheral nerve blocks offered at Divine Savior Healthcare include the following:

  • Brachial plexus blocks
  • Bier block
  • Erector spinae block
  • Transversus abdominas plan (TAP) block
  • Rectus sheath block
  • Femoral nerve block
  • Fascia iliaca block
  • Pericapsular nerve group block
  • Adductor canal block
  • Saphenous nerve block
  • Popliteal nerve block
  • Quadratus lumborum block
  • Ilioinguinal/Iliohypogastric block
  • Sphenopalatine block
  • Ankle block
WHAT IS NEURAXIAL ANESTHESIA?

Neuraxial anesthesia techniques involve numbing parts of your body by injecting local anesthetic into your back near where the nerves originate and pain signals are transmitted. Depending on your type of surgery, an epidural or spinal anesthesic may be used.

 

HOW CAN WE IMPROVE YOUR OVERALL HOSPITAL EXPERIENCE?
  • It will lower chance of having breathing problems during and/or after surgery
  • Excellent pain relief
  • Reduced narcotic use
  • Reduced post-operative nausea and vomiting
  • Reduced recovery time
  • Shorter hospital stays

Anesthesia Services at Divine Savior Healthcare is here to provide you with the highest level of pain control for your type of surgery, and we devise a plan specific to you.