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Anesthesia

Anesthesia is the practice of medicine dedicated to the relief of pain and total care of the surgical patient before, during, and after surgery. At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, anesthesiologists practice in three areas:

  • Surgical/Procedural Anesthesia
  • Pain Services
  • Critical Care Medicine  

Surgical/Procedural Anesthesia 

An anesthesiologist is a perioperative physician ("peri" meaning "all-around") who provides medical care to each patient through the entirety of the surgical experience from the preoperative assessment visit through postoperative care. Your anesthesia care team will consist of a board certified anesthesiologist (a medical doctor formally trained and board certified in anesthesia and perioperative medicine) and either a certified registered nurse anesthetist (CRNA) or an anesthesia resident or fellow (a medical doctor being formally trained to become board certified), and a number of highly-trained, skilled nurses.  

Your anesthesia care team will:

  • Consult with you and your surgeon preoperatively to optimize your surgical and anesthetic experience (preoperative assessment)
  • Ensure your comfort during surgery through the use of anesthetics tailored to your specific medical condition and existing health issues (general, regional, local, sedation). More on Anesthesia/Pain Terms and Techniques can be found here.
  • Continually monitor your vital functions (such as breathing, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, body temperature, oxygen saturation, and fluid and blood needs) throughout and immediately following surgery or a procedure, making medical decisions on your behalf as necessary (safety)
  • Manage your care throughout surgery and the immediate postoperative period (intra-op and post-op) to make you as comfortable as possible

For more detailed information regarding our specific anesthesia services as they relate to you, please see the anesthesia services listed below.

Surgical/Procedural Anesthesia Specialties:

Pain Services

Nobody likes pain. Some of our anesthesiologists have advanced training and specialize in the treatment of pain, both acute (abrupt onset of short duration) and chronic (ongoing of indefinite duration).

  • Outpatient Pain Service/Chronic Pain – We offer treatment for back pain, arthritis, bursitis, chronic headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic pain due to injury, degenerative conditions, or other physical ailments in order to allow patients to live a life that is not governed or dictated by pain
  • Inpatient Pain Service/Acute Pain 

Critical Care Medicine/Intensive Care Units

At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, critical care specialists (called Intensivists) provide care to all patients in our new, state-of-the-art Adult and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Our intensivists coordinate care along with a highly trained, multidisciplinary team of nurses, respiratory therapists, and support personnel including pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, and chaplains to provide an exception level of patient- and family-centered care.  

Quick Reference

Anesthesiology

Preoperative Assessment Clinic
336-716-3245
Pain Services - Brookstown
336-716-8777
Pain Services - Lexington
336-716-4090
Malignant Hyperthermia
336-716-7194
Academic Office Phone
336-716-4498
Academic Office Fax
336-716-8190

Department of Anesthesiology
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center
Medical Center Blvd
Winston-Salem, NC 27157
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Preoperative Assessment Clinic

The Preoperative Assessment Clinic (PAC) provides preoperative evaluation, preparation, and education for outpatients and same-day surgery patients.

Last Updated: 04-27-2017
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