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Anesthesiology Services at St. Joseph Mercy Oakland

Painless treatment, painless recovery
The physicians, nurses and medical specialists of St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Anesthesiology have partnered with the Wayne State University Physician Group to provide the most advanced equipment and training required to provide essential anesthesiology services to our patients.

Our team is highly skilled in every aspect of modern anesthesiology.For example, SJMO Anesthesiology offers the highly-regarded Bispectral Index (BIS) Monitor, which precisely calculates the depth of general anesthesia each individual patient requires in a thoroughly non-invasive manner. This allows our team to maintain proper dosages while effectively, safely and comfortably shortening recovery time.

We provide comprehensive and individualized care for patients of all ages, from seniors to very young children.St. Joe and Wayne State University specialists work with each patient to reduce any anxiety and ensure patients and their familiesare fully informed.

Our priority is patient safety. Our anesthesia services rate is at or above national standards, with state-of-the-art equipment and a highly trained and experienced team. Certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, our specialists, along with our certified registered nurse anesthesiologists (CRNAs), work closely from the onset of treatment with our surgeons, obstetricians and other physicians.

Anesthesia services include:

  • General anesthesia
  • Total intravenous anesthesia
  • Regional anesthesia (for surgeries and other medical procedures, such as childbirth)
  • Mild or deep sedation (for procedures such as MRI, CT scan or gastroenterology)
  • Extensive pain management (chronic and acute) throughout rehabilitation, during an illness or after an operation

To contact the Department of Anesthesiology, call 248-858-3023.

Facts about Surgical Anesthesia
Anesthesia is an important part of an operation, not only in relieving pain, but also making the surgical experience easier, faster and safer. Anesthesia may involve all or part of your body.

Usually, general anesthesia for adults is started with an injection into the intravenous tubing and is continued with a gas. During regional anesthesia only a portion of the body is anesthetized, but sedatives will be used to keep you relaxed and sleeping, if desired. Sometimes an anesthesiologist may use a combination of regional and general anesthesia.If you are pregnant or think you might be, it is important to tell your surgeon and anesthesiologist.

Who administers the anesthetic?
Anesthesia is given by specially trained doctors called anesthesiologists and by specially trained nurses called Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CNRAs). These specialists work as a team to provide excellent anesthesia care throughout your operation.

How will the anesthetic be selected?
An anesthesiologist will study your chart and talk with you and your surgeon about your health and the operation. This information is used to decide which type of anesthesia is best for you. You will have the opportunity to ask the anesthesiologist any questions about your anesthetic. Consideration will be given to your personal preferences and previous anesthetic experience.

What are some of the possible side effects of anesthesia?
During general anesthesia, a tube is usually placed in the windpipe to help you breathe. It occasionally causes a sore throat that may last a day or so after your operation. Nausea may occur for a short time after an operation from the procedure or anesthetic drugs. If necessary, you can ask the nurse for medication to help decrease the nausea.

Infrequently (less than two percent of the time) patients receiving spinal anesthesia (a form of regional anesthesia) develop a headache. Please talk with your anesthesiologist to discuss ways to reduce the headache pain when he or she visits you after surgery,or call 248-858-3022 during daytime hours. To speak with someone after hours, please call 248-858-3000 and ask the operator to page the anesthesiologist on call.

This type of headache usually goes away by itself, but if it persists it can be treated effectively by special techniques.

When you are being anesthetized or while you are waking up, you may bite down very hard and may, despite all precautions, damage your teeth. This may happen particularly if your teeth are weak, damaged, loose or capped, or if you have permanent bridges. However, this is not typical and occurs less than once in every 2,000 anesthetics.

Medical Insurance Information
St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Anesthesia Services can accept and bill all insurances including medical insurance, and automotive and truck insurance. The office staff will discuss insurance coverage with you at the time of your first office visit. If you have a question about insurance coverage, please call Kris Hagood at 248-858-2509 or Yolanda Martin at 248-858-3051.

See a list of the insurance plans accepted by St. Joseph Mercy Oakland Anesthesia Services.