The Department of Anesthesiology at the Children's Hospital of Michigan at the Detroit Medical Center is dedicated solely to the care of children. All of the anesthesiologists are board eligible or certified and have completed a fellowship in pediatric anesthesiology. The nurse anesthetists have also completed advance training in pediatric anesthesiology. At the Children's Hospital of Michigan, anesthesia is provided at for more than 16,000 surgeries each year. These include basic procedures such as ear tubes, eye muscles and the removing of tonsils as well as open-heart surgery, neurosurgery, transplant surgery, scoliosis repair and other complex surgeries.
The Department has its own pain service run by anesthesiologists that are available to assist with post-operative pain management 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Children's Hospital of Michigan has the only Pediatric Pain Medicine Clinic in the state of Michigan.
Anesthesiologists on staff know the important role that the family plays in caring for a child who is having surgery. A pre-surgery program, Surgery Express, has been developed to familiarize the parents and child with the hospital experience. Patients are invited to watch a video and tour the operating rooms in an effort to make the operative day less intimidating. In addition, parents are allowed to stay with their children until they are ready to go "to sleep". Whenever possible, a parent is allowed to go to the operating room until his or her child is asleep. Ask your anesthesiologist about this option.