Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

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Why are pediatric anesthesiologists important?

Children are not just small adults. They cannot always say what is bothering them. They cannot always answer medical questions, and are not always able to be patient and cooperative during a medical examination.

Pediatric anesthesiologists know how to examine and treat children in a way that makes them relaxed and cooperative. In addition, pediatric anesthesiologists use equipment and facilities specifically designed for children. Most pediatric anesthesiology offices are arranged and decorated with children in mind. This includes the examination rooms and waiting rooms, which may have toys and reading materials for children. This helps create a comfortable and nonthreatening environment for your child. 

What kind of training do pediatric anesthesiologists have?

Pediatric anesthesiologists are physicians who have had:

  • At least 4 years of medical school
  • One year of internship and 3 years of residency in anesthesiology
  • Additional specialty training in pediatric anesthesiology
  • Certification from the American Board of Anesthesiologists

Pediatric anesthesiologists treat children from the newborn period through the teenage years. They choose to make pediatric care the core of their medical practice, and the unique nature of medical and surgical care of children is learned from advanced training and experience in practice.

What types of treatments do pediatric anesthesiologists provide?

Pediatric anesthesiologists are responsible for the general anesthesia, sedation, and pain management needs of infants and children. Pediatric anesthesiologists generally provide the following services:

  • Evaluation of complex medical problems in infants and children when surgery is needed
  • Planning and care for before and after surgery
  • A nonthreatening environment for children in the operating room
  • Pain control, if needed after surgery, either with intravenous (IV) medications or other anesthetic techniques
  • Anesthesia and sedation for many procedures out of the operating room such as MRI, CT scan, and radiation therapy.
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