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Anesthesiologists with a patient

Anesthesiologists at University of Minnesota Physicians are part of a skilled team that works with you before, during and after surgery. After a thorough evaluation, our anesthesiologists will develop an anesthesia plan tailored to your unique needs, then carefully monitor you during surgery. Throughout preparation, surgery and recovery, patient safety is our top concern.

Preoperative Assessment Center

The Preoperative Assessment Center (PAC) is available to provide a thorough evaluation and consultation for complex patients so that they are optimally prepared for their procedure. Particularly complex and high risk patients are referred to the PAC by their surgeons for an anesthesia consultation to evaluate the patient’s fitness for surgery and help guide surgical options.

During the PAC visit, mid-level providers who are trained in preoperative evaluation, or anesthesia residents, perform a pre-anesthesia consultation under the direction of an anesthesiologist who staffs the PAC daily.

Patients are guided through anesthetic risks, options and the course of events to be expected on the day of surgery. In addition, nurses complete preoperative intake information and teaching, and obtain relevant laboratory evaluation.

Patients requiring additional workup are referred to consultants. A central value proposition is that patients who complete the evaluation process in the PAC within the required time frame are optimally ready for their procedure on the day of their procedure.

Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain, and Ambulatory Anesthesia Service

The Regional Anesthesia, Acute Pain, and Ambulatory Anesthesia Service (RAPS) objectives are to provide state of the art post-operative acute pain control and streamlined ambulatory anesthesia for patients in the M Health System.

The RAPS team consists of anesthesiologists, anesthesiology fellows and residents, nurse practitioners, and medical assistants. The team provides coverage 24 hours a day, seven days a week. All staff are trained in the most up to date procedures and modalities to treat acute pain.

Some acute pain treatment options that are provided by the RAPS team are

  • Ultrasound guided peripheral nerve blocks and catheters. Such as paravertebral blocks, pectoralis blocks, TAP blocks, quadratus lumborum blocks, rectus sheath blocks, brachial plexus blocks, femoral, sciatic, popliteal,and fascia iliaca blocks.
  • Epidural infusions
  • Multimodal analgesia therapies
  • Ketamine infusions
  • Lidocaine infusions
  • Pediatric ultrasound guided regional and neuraxial injections and infusions

In addition to the excellent care and acute pain control provided by the RAPS team, they are also actively involved in the latest research in treating acute pain.

The RAPS team is also dedicated to provided streamlined anesthetic care in the ambulatory surgical setting in order to ensure a safe, efficient, and satisfactory experience for your same day surgery procedures.  They are a group of dedicated anesthesiologists who provide anesthesia for surgery at the Maple Grove and M Health Ambulatory Surgery Centers. 

Using a Nerve Block to Manage Pain after Surgery

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