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Pediatric Anesthesia

A pediatric anesthesiologist specializes in providing anesthesia to children during surgery and other invasive procedures.  All of NCAP's pediatric specialists have completed extensive pediatric anesthesia training and gained expertise in delivering anesthesia to both healthy children and children with complex medical problems.

NCAP pediatric anesthesiologists take care of children from newborns to teenagers and are experienced in understanding and meeting the unique needs of children and their families. Our goal is to deliver the best care to your child and make your family's hospital experience comforting.

General Anesthesia in Children

Nearly all children require general anesthesia for surgery. In addition, some therapeutic and diagnostic procedures can be challenging to complete safely and effectively without the help of a pediatric anesthesiologist. For example, many children cannot lie still or cooperate to have imaging studies like CT scans and MRI studies or more painful diagnostic tests such as bone marrow biopsies or lumbar punctures. Having an anesthesiologist present, especially a pediatric fellowship trained anesthesiologist, will help your child have the safest and easiest experience possible.

On the Day of Your Procedure

Prior to surgery, your NCAP pediatric anesthesiologist will meet with you and your family, review your child's medical history, examine your child and address your questions and concerns.  At that time, your anesthesiologist will determine and discuss the best plan to keep your child safe and comfortable during surgery.

A parent or guardian will be encouraged to come to the operating room and stay with  their child until he or she is asleep. Once the surgery is completed, the parents or guardians will be invited into the recovery room to be there when the child wakes up. Every effort will be made to provide your child with a calm and comfortable environment.

The NCAP Pediatric Anesthesia Advantage

Our pediatric anesthesia team has extensive experience taking care of children of any age, and in many different environments, in and out of the operating room. While some children having surgery are in good health, our team is prepared to care for even the most critically ill children.

NCAP provides CPMC with constant on-call coverage for pediatric emergencies so your child's safety will always be in the best trained hands. Further, the NCAP pediatric anesthesia team incorporates regional anesthetic techniques as part of a multi-modal approach that allows us to optimize pain control and nausea prevention and minimize the negative effects of general anesthesia. As a result, your child's and family's needs will be well served by the care of our expert team.

Learn more: Types of Anesthesia