Anesthesiologists use special drugs and medications during medical procedures—especially surgical operations—to temporarily block a patient’s perception of pain and other sensations.

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The experts at UCHealth provide compassionate care for you before and during your surgery.

In addition to their extensive training in anesthesiology, our health care professionals are certified in Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Advanced Trauma Life Support, so you know you’re in good hands.

Comprehensive pre-procedure evaluation

As you prepare for surgery, you’ll receive a comprehensive evaluation during your pre-procedure appointment. Your evaluation includes consultation for complex medical conditions and an assessment of the effects of anesthesia on your health. You’ll receive a final evaluation when you meet with your anesthesiologist on the day of your procedure.

Forms of anesthesia

UCHealth offers all forms of anesthesia. On the day of your procedure, your anesthesiologist will talk with you about your options, which may include:

  • General anesthesia
  • Nerve block anesthesia
  • Intravenous (IV) sedation
Advanced monitoring technology

Anesthesiologists and CRNAs stay in the operating room throughout your procedure to continuously monitor your safety and well-being. They use a variety of advanced technologies, including brain-wave monitoring, to detect activity and ensure you remain asleep during general anesthesia. Heart function monitors also help maximize your safety during even the most demanding procedures.

Caring for you after your surgery
Once you’re out of surgery, your anesthesiologist or CRNA follows your recovery and remains available to assist with critical care and pain management. We offer many nerve block techniques to make sure you achieve the best possible pain control.

More about anesthesiology

The American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) offers additional information about anesthesia, including these short videos: