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Anesthesiology (Pain Management)

A surgical event or any visit to a hospital can be a daunting experience for a child. Preparing children for surgery or other diagnostic or therapeutic procedure and ensuring their comfort and safety is the primary role of an anesthesiologist.

Administering anesthesia to children requires special attention and consideration. Chief among the concerns are mitigating or eliminating side effects or adverse effects. Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital’s Department of Anesthesiology is staffed by board-certified anesthesiologists who specialize in pediatric and neonatal anesthesia.


Anesthesia for Surgery

Northwestern Lake Forest Hospital maintains the highest standards for anesthesia care and is committed to the emotional and physical well-being of children undergoing a surgical procedure. A board-certified anesthesiologist will ensure that your child is safe and comfortable prior to, during and after surgery. We follow national standards for sterility and monitoring and use state-of-the-art equipment and technology.

Prior to surgery, you will meet with the anesthesiologist, who will review your child’s history and confer with you to formulate an anesthetic plan that includes managing post-operative pain. He or she will also address any questions or concerns you might have.

Children often experience pre-operative fear or anxiety, and your anesthesiologist will discuss options to manage their stress prior to surgery. If appropriate, your child will be observed post-surgery in an area known as the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit (PACU) or the Recovery Room.

Learn more about preparing for Pediatric Day Surgery.


Anesthesia Outside the Operating Room

Circumstances may arise that are unrelated to surgery when your child may require general anesthesia. For example, general anesthesia may be used to increase a child’s comfort level during radiation therapy, a CT scan or procedures used in treating cancer. Our anesthesiologists adhere to strict guidelines in the use of and administration of non-operative anesthesia for children.

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Anesthesiology (Pain Management)

Lake Forest
(847) 234-5600