Anesthesiology is the medical specialty that ensures a patient is comfortable and as pain free as possible during surgery and other procedures. At UMMC, our board-certified anesthesiologists are physicians trained to administer and manage medication to relieve physical pain and sensation during medical procedures, surgery, or as a result of a medical condition. Along with other staff, anesthesiologists also manage and treat functions such as breathing, heart rate, and blood pressure, and immediately diagnose and treat any medical problems that might arise during surgery or the recovery period.
For additional information on Anesthesiology, including preparing for a surgery for which you are likely to receive anesthesia, visit this American Society of Anesthesiologists resource.
About pain management
The UMMC Pain Management Center is staffed by board-certified physicians and a team of experienced support staff who work with referring providers to offer optimal pain control for each patient. Outpatient procedures are performed at the Jackson Medical Mall clinic with state-of-the-art equipment and innovative technology. Patients also are seen at the University Physicians Pavilion and community outreach clinics.
With new and improved pain medications and management approaches, there is no reason for anyone to tolerate severe pain. With effective pain treatment, patients heal faster, have fewer complications following surgery, and are able to go home and resume normal activities sooner.