ANESTHESIOLOGY DEPARTMENT AND PAIN THERAPY
Person in charge: Pantazis Pantazopoulos
The anaesthesiologist performs:
- Pre-surgery visits evaluating the surgery anaesthetic risks. The pre-surgery anaesthetic examination is necessary for all types of surgery except for outpatients (with the exception of special cases notified by the surgeon).
- Anaesthetics (general, peripheral, loco-regional, local) necessary for surgery. The anaesthetics is needed to put the patient “to sleep”, or just a part of his body. The anaesthetics is essential because it allows the surgeon to perform the requested procedure.
Nowadays the first choice is almost always a partial loco-regional anaesthetics. This is because clinical research has shown a lower risk of complications than with a general anaesthetics. Clearly the anaesthetics technique can vary according to the decisions made by the anaesthesiologist.
- Paediatrics’ Anaesthetics The main interventions are orthopaedic or functional surgery (neuro-orthopaedics).
- IV access difficulties, positioning the central venous catheters.
- Sedations during instrumental diagnostic tests such as MRI.
- Post-surgery pain treatment. The anaesthesiologist is responsible for pain control therefore can prescribe analgesics (e.g. pain medication) after surgery.
- Chronic pain treatment. An outpatient clinic is active for chronic pain therapy, whereas for the more invasive procedures they are carried out in the operating theatre. The following are carried out:
- Joint and peridural spine infiltrations
- Paravertebral blockage
- Anaesthetics and analgesic blockage
- Peridural or intrathecal catheters implants for chronic refractory pain treatment
- Neuromodulation and neuro-lesion techniques
- Infusion pump and Baclofen pump implant for spasticity
The main anaesthetic service activities at the Sol et Salus hospital are carried out in the operating theatres