The Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital comprises a diverse group of experienced physicians and nurse anesthetists who share a single common goal: providing the best perioperative care for all BWFH surgical patients. Additionally, the department gives the same great care in out-of-operating-room locations, including the Gregory Endoscopy Center and Interventional Radiology suites.
Anesthesiologists coordinate with the Weiner Center for Preoperative Evaluation and preoperative, operating room and post-anesthesia care units to facilitate patient safety, comfort and satisfaction throughout their surgical experience. All physicians have joint appointments at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, where innovative educational opportunities help them to stay abreast of the most advanced techniques in their field. MDs and CRNAs alike consider the complete medical history, previous anesthetics, and response to medications when advising patients regarding anesthesia. While MDs are directly involved in every anesthetic administered at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital, patients truly enjoy the warm, nurturing environment inspired by their care team. In most cases, a physician and nurse anesthetist will both be present for all critical periods during a given procedure.
The department provides general, regional and sedation anesthetics, including all manner of ultrasound-guided peripheral nerve blocks and continuous catheters, as well as vascular access line placements. Nerve blocks induce numbness at the surgical site. Scientific studies have repeatedly shown that postoperative pain and stress are dramatically reduced if a nerve block is part of the anesthetic. Ultrasound guidance demonstrates a real-time picture of the nerves involved with respect to the needle used to administer the block. Ultrasound thereby diminishes the time required to perform a block while improving its success rate. Nerve blocks are not indicated for every type of surgery.
When surgery is associated with prolonged or severe pain, BWFH anesthesiologists may place epidural or peripheral nerve catheters to provide postoperative pain relief for several days without the risk of nausea and sedation that can accompany more conventional analgesics.