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Anesthesiology

Why choose Ochsner Health for anesthesia care?

When you need a procedure, surgery or pain management that requires anesthesiology, it’s important to know you are receiving safe and effective care. At Ochsner, our experienced anesthesiologists and certified registered nurse anesthetists (CRNAs) offer advanced, tailored care for patients in an environment that promotes safety and best practices. Ochsner facilities in Louisiana and Mississippi offer patient consultations regarding anesthesia for surgical, diagnostic and therapeutic purposes, including pain medicine.

Anesthesiologists are medical doctors who administer anesthesia, medicine that prevents pain and anxiety, during surgical procedures and during the perioperative period. Additionally, anesthesiologists specialize in pain management and serve patients receiving critical care.

There are several types of anesthesia:

  • General anesthesia is used to put you to sleep during a medical procedure. This approach is used for major surgeries.

  • Regional anesthesia is administered to numb large areas of the body, such as a limb or areas below the waist. In many cases, you will also be given sedation so you will be asleep during the procedure.

  • Local anesthesia is used to numb a small area of the body, such as a wound that needs stitches.

Your health is our top priority, and our anesthesiologists and CRNAs monitor a range of vital signs and functions before, during and after procedures requiring anesthesia.

FAQs

At Ochsner, we put your health and safety first. Anesthesia is generally safe, and complications are rare. Possible risks include breathing or heart rhythm problems, allergic reactions and delirium after general anesthesia, which causes confusion about what is happening and can occur in older adults as well as children. However, anesthesia-related complications have been significantly reduced thanks to advancements in anesthetic agents, drug therapies and patient monitoring.

An anesthesiologist is trained in pain medicine and can treat many different types of pain, including:

  • Acute pain from injuries

  • Back pain

  • Chronic pain, which lasts three or more months and can result from injuries, arthritis, back conditions, migraines and more

  • Fibromyalgia

  • Knee pain

  • Labor and childbirth

  • Postoperative pain

Anesthesiologists work with your care team to develop the best pain management plan for your condition, whether you are facing a routine procedure or are critically ill. For severe pain, an anesthesiologist can prescribe and manage opioids and other prescription pain medications. Other options include physical therapy, non-prescription pain medications, massage and relaxation techniques.

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Map of Ochsner-affiliated facilities that provide services related to Anesthesiology

Anesthesiology Locations

Ochsner University Hospital & Clinics
2390 West Congress St.
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Surgical Hospital
1000 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Acadia General Hospital
1305 Crowley Rayne Highway
Crowley, LA 70526
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Orthopedic Hospital
2810 Ambassador Caffery Parkway
Lafayette, LA 70506
  • : 5:17 p.m.-5:17 p.m.
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Martin Hospital
210 Champagne Blvd.
Breaux Bridge, LA 70517
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Abrom Kaplan Memorial Hospital
1310 West 7th St.
Kaplan, LA 70548
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Lafayette General Medical Center
1214 Coolidge St.
Lafayette, LA 70503
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner LSU Health - Monroe Medical Center
4864 Jackson St.
Monroe, LA 71202
  • Open 24/7
Slidell Memorial Hospital East
100 Medical Center Drive
Slidell, LA 70461
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center – New Orleans
1514 Jefferson Highway
New Orleans, LA 70121
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - West Bank Campus
2500 Belle Chasse Highway
Gretna, LA 70056
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner St. Anne Hospital
4608 Highway 1
Raceland, LA 70394
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Health Center - Kenner
200 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
Ochsner Baptist - A Campus of Ochsner Medical Center
2700 Napoleon Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70115
  • Open 24/7
Ochsner Medical Center - Kenner
180 West Esplanade Ave.
Kenner, LA 70065
  • Monday – Friday: 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.